Memorise Hebrews 11:6
"...without faith it is impossible to please Him..."
When you first accepted Christ as your Saviour, you needed faith to believe. Your walk with God now requires faith that He will guide and protect you. Your whole life now is an exercise in faith, in God’s doctrines and promises. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” We can see from this verse that your exercise of faith pleases God and He will reward your faith.
The doctrine of the Verbal Plenary Preservation (VPP) of God’s Word is like the other doctrines in the Bible. It requires us to have faith to believe in it. Often times, people reject VPP because they look to man rather than to God. They forget that God is an all-knowing and all-powerful God who can ensure that His Word is preserved. It seems strange that we can believe that God can preserve us and our physical being but yet not believe that He can preserve His own Word which is precious to Him and the foundation of our faith (See Romans 10:17).
If we have faith to believe in VPP, God will reward us. We will not be treating God’s Word skeptically like those who reject VPP and open themselves up to the possibility that there are errors in the Bible. We will not doubt whether a historical account in the Bible is true. We will know that we have God’s perfect Word and that His promises to us are real and not inaccurate imitations. We will have the assurance of our salvation and not be plagued by the nagging thought that maybe what the Bible said about Christ is a scribal error. We will not be using those modern translations that subtly omit vital words in the Bible and introduce false doctrines and destroy fundamental ones. Indeed, the rewards of our faith in God and His Word are great! Let us diligently continue to seek God’s Word, and learn more about its wonderful purity, perfection, and of all the wondrous truths within it.
Thought: How would you feel if you have tot keep second-guessing what you are reading in your Bible and therefore, by extension, second guessing God?
Prayer: Lord, faith comes from Thee. Grant me faith to believe in Thy preservation of Thy Word.