PERSONAL JESUS

OUR PERSONAL GOD

 

God gave us clear indication of how He brought this wonderful instrument of measure into our dimension. It was generated by His mind and communicated to us through the minds of chosen instruments via the agency of His Holy Spirit who is invisible yet present throughout creation very much like the invisible bands of magnetism that envelopes our globe, but with one major difference. His Holy Spirit is personal as much as our spirits are personal and unique to our personalities. And so we have a personal God who made us in His image and provided us with a manual for life by which we could plot our direction and find our purpose and destiny. Romans 15:4 says:

 

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, so that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH

 

John 17:17 reads:

 

Sanctify them through Your truth. Your Word is truth.

 

In this regard I wish to take the reader to what Wayne Grudem has to say in Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith: God’s words are the ultimate standard of truth.

 

This verse is interesting because Jesus does not use an adjective, alēthinos or  alēthēs (“true”),which we might have expected, to say, ”Your word is true.” Rather, he uses a noun,  alētheia (“truth”), to say that God’s word is not simply “true”, but truth itself.

The difference is significant, for this statement encourages us to think of the Bible not simply as being “true” in the sense that it conforms to some higher standard of truth, but rather to think of the Bible as itself the final standard of truth. The Bible is God’s Word, and God’s Word is the ultimate definition of what is true and what is not true: God’s Word is itself truth.

 

THE BIBLE AS A BEACON OF TRUTH

 

The Bible is so authoritative as to its position as a beacon of truth and direction in this life that it does not need human affirmation or approval. It stands on its own power for it was the very source of power through which all of life came into existence. If the God who made us has revealed Himself to us as is written in the Bible, then whatever He has revealed in the Word which He communicated can be believed and trusted as infallible truth. No one but Him needs to underwrite what has been written. If the code cannot be broken then it surely can be accepted as absolute truth. Therefore the compass is true and when followed the outcome and destination guaranteed.

 

THE RULES OF INTERPRETATION

 

When I was a professional soldier in the Infantry part of our training involved the reading of topographical and tactical maps. We were taught how to interpret terrain drawn on a map by way of certain keys and symbols. We were also taught how to use a compass, how to determine whether or not it indicated true north and how to find geographical beacons within a designated area on the map and our immediate surroundings. If we stuck to the rules of interpretation and used the instruments correctly we could be dropped off in an area indicated by the map in the dead of night anywhere and when there was enough light we could plot our position and calculate very accurately the direction and distance we needed to travel to reach a specific rendezvous  or meeting place. There were certain rules and principles of interpretation however that we could not tamper with. I was amazed at how in the beginning human error caused one to miss the mark but with experience one got exactly to the spot where you were supposed to be, there to find the provision and whatever else was needed to complete the mission. It was all based on scientific data that we have learnt to apply through the rules of geography and mathematics.

 

WE NEED THE BIBLE FOR PLACE AND POSITION

 

In exactly the same way God has laid down within the Bible spiritual laws by which we need to find our position in terms of character and behavior in order to grow into the place and position He intended for us. Any deviation would lead to disorder and dysfunction.

 

DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION

 

This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.