The Word of God is Spirit whereas the Bible is a Book

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."


I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

The Word of God is Spirit whereas the Bible is a Book

The Bible is a book. However, the Bible is the word of God that is of the Spirit as well as it is a book. "John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." We study this book as we study any other book. As we study, our brain gathers information from the book and we remember it. Even though we can study the material contents of the Bible, we cannot receive the spirit contents unless it is revealed to us by God. "Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." If God has given his spirit to a person, the word that is spirit will impart to the spirit of the person. So, the Spirit person understands the things of God.

A. New Born must be attached to the Vine for Milk

In John 3:2 Nicodemus tells to Jesus Christ, "Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." So, Nicodemus believes Jesus Christ 100%. But, listen to what Jesus Christ tells Nicodemus in "John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" See, Nicodemus believed all what Jesus Christ has done, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, etc, but at the same time he did not believe what Jesus Christ has said. It is very important to notice that Christians believe all what Jesus Christ has done, but they do not believe the words he preached. Preachers openly preach that we cannot do what he says, or what he has commanded, and so believe what he has done for eternal salvation. It is a trick of Satan. The devil got preachers and preachers got all Christians. They do not believe the word of Jesus Christ. It is tragic and sad.

"John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." The example is the vine plant and its branches. The plant and the branch are of the same nature. A person who is born again, who is a new creature, will immediately abide in Christ, to be fed of the spiritual food. "1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" As milk is vital to new born baby. The word of God is vital to born again Christians. If they desire the truth of the word, God will reveal it to them.

B. Jesus Christ is the Grace given to Us by God

Grace is the most misunderstood word among Christians. They think that it is a free ticket to heaven. But grace is the whole package that we receive from God in order to be saved from our sins, which include the very presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Exodus 33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us?" We know that Jehovah is Jesus Christ. Moses was saying that the presence of Jehovah (Jesus Christ) going with them is grace. "2 Timothy 1:9 ... according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus ---" Apostle Paul says that grace is given in the person Jesus Christ. "Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" Again Apostle Paul personifies Jesus Christ as the Grace of God. "Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." In the Apostle's doctrine, the death of Jesus Christ is contributed to the forgiveness of the repented sinners and the life of Jesus Christ is contributed to the salvation of the saints (forgiven people). We know that we are saved by grace and we know that Grace is the life of Jesus Christ manifest in us. 

C. God gives gifts of miracles to the Rebellious also

There are many evangelists advertise miracles in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Most of them are just shows and they are deception. Some are genuine. People think that these people are holy and have the presence of God with them. Not necessarily so. "Psalms 68:18 --- thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them." God gives gifts to rebellious peoples also. Rebellion is disobedience and it is sin. If the sinners can do miracles in the name of the Lord then it is not an evidence for the abiding of God. Abiding will produce the righteousness of God. They, who have the abiding, will live as Jesus Christ lived. 

D. Life of Christ that follows is Proof for Abiding

We saw that only those who are born of the spirit, who has received the spirit of man, can have the abiding of God. But it begins with the abiding of the word of God and the word will be instrumental in leading the person to be born again. This word of God is also part of the abiding. However, the word of God and Jesus Christ are inseparable because Jesus Christ is the word. The abiding of the word of God will guide us to pray according to the will of God and our prayer will have a guaranteed answer. "John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.Most of all, the abiding of the word will make us overcome the devil. "1 John 2:14 --- I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one."  

Christians usually make religious or spiritual claims. Abiding in God is the priceless possession of wealth for spiritual life. Even though it is freely given, it is only given to deserving candidates, who are children of God. Further, there are many counterfeits distributed by the devil and his workers. The Bible counsels us to stand for the test so that we may not be deceived. "1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:...." If you think Jesus Christ lives in your heart, which is the abiding of God, you will walk as Jesus Christ walked in righteousness. "1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." 

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