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Christ is using the word to cleanse us (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26,27; Psalms 119:9-11) and to be formed in us -Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 1:6; 2:5
    Therefore it's important to become saturated in the word of God which cleanses us. Study and thinking time are time well spent.

But can we trust the Bible to be accurate and true? -Isaiah 45:19 ".....I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right."
    Have the teachings been kept accurate? -Psalms 12:6,7.
    Jesus trusted the word of God (Mark 14:27; Matthew 4:4; 13:35; Psalms 12:6) to His death. Likewise many others. When you believe something that you wouldn't give up, even for death, you KNOW it's true for you! 
    The word of God is very important to Him -John 17:12; 19:24,28. And how important should they be to us? -Hebrews 11:6
    God says His word is truth -John 17:17; 1John 2:27; 5:6-(re: 'Holy Spirit').
    He knows His written word to us is important for our salvation and our reward -1Peter 1:23 ".....born again.....by the word of God....." John 6:63 "....the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." 2Timothy 3:15-17: ".....the holy scriptures which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
    He knows it's important that we be able to trust His word the Bible; that we can rely upon it. He assures us about it and that it won't cause confusion -1Corinthians 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion.....", because He'll send a helper to ensure that is doesn't.
    It is through the word of God that we come to understand ourselves -Hebrews 4:12.
    It is through the word of God that one is able to overcome -John 8:31,32; 2Peter 2:20. Why would one want to overcome?
    Why God chooses to do things the way He does, only He really knows -Deuteronomy 29:29. He doesn't need written words to reach a person -John 16:13; 1Corinthians 2:10-14. But He did inspire men by means of His Holy Spirit to write the words contained in the Bible -2Peter 1:20,21.
    We can trust the Bible to be accurate and true. But, what is truth?

But some, by their actions, 'poo poo' what Christ says; as shown in the 'Compassion' subject -2Peter 3:3,11-14 "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking-(living)-after-(according to)-their own lusts-(original is 'desires')...Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation-(an old english word meaning 'conduct')-and godliness-(thinking like God does about yourself)? Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new Earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless."
    Jesus taught then. He's still teaching today -Ephesians 4:20,21; Mark 4:23; 14:49; Luke 24:27. How? God works through people as He did with Paul in early New Testament times -Acts 20:24; 1Corinthians 2:1.

Be filled with the knowledge of God with all that means -Colossians 1:9,10 "For this cause we also, since the day we heard, do not cease to pray for you and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God." 2Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 1:17; Philippians 3:8; 2Peter 1:8.

Colossians 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another....."; 1Corinthians 2:13.

Matthew 7:7,8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."-...continues


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