Power of the Enduring Word
Lewis C. Lampley
Text: 1 Peter 1:22-25
To help the reader to continue to gain and maintain a high view
of the Bible. In order to get your mind around the uniqueness
of the Bible, there are at least two key elements, once grasped
that will enhance your ability to meditate upon the Bible and
appreciate its truths.
let me remind you of the Origin of the Bible and of its One Divine
Author – God Himself (2 Tim. 3:16a). “All Scripture
is given by inspiration of God…” God used forty Human
Writers – Who wrote over a period of 1500 years, beginning
with Moses (1405 B.C.), and concluding with the apostle John (95
A.D.). The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Greek,
and Aramaic. The Bible was written on three different continents:
Africa, Asia, and Europe.
the Motifs of the Bible include the Character of God, God’s
Judgment for sin and obedience, the Blessing for faith and obedience,
the Lord Savior and His sacrifice for sin, the Coming kingdom
this critical article, I want you to see some special attributes
of the Bible.
Definition: An attribute is “a quality or characteristic
inherit in or ascribed to someone or something.” The qualities
of the Bible, then, put it in a class all by itself.
1. THE BIBLE IS INFALLIBLE IN ITS TOTALITY (1 Pet.1:23a,b)
What is meant by the word infallible? It means that the Bible
is Incapable of error. That is, from Genesis 1:1 to Rev. 22:21.
“…having been born again, not of corruptible seed
In Psa. 19:7 exclaims, “The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making
wise the simple.”
A. God’s [law] Word is perfect.
B. God’s [testimony] is sure.
THE BIBLE IS INERRANT IN ITS PARTS (1 Pet. 1:22a)
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth…”
To be inerrant means the Bible is incapable of erring; infallible.
That is, the Bible is both infallible in its totality as well
In its parts!
In another place, Prov. 30:5,6, we read, “Every word of
God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found
God’s Word is pure – “ Every word of God is
B. God’s Word is powerful -“He is a shield to the
THE BIBLE IS COMPLETE IN ITS REVELATION (1 Pet. 1:23b)
The word revelation means “unveiling” and describes
the unveiling or disclosure of truth from God to mankind that
man not otherwise know.
“…the Word of which lives and abides forever…”
Notice Rev. 22:18,19, For I testify to everyone who hears the
words of the prophecy of this book; and if anyone adds to these
things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this
book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life,
from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
THE WARNING IN PROGRESSION REV.22:18,19:
A. “… everyone who hears…”
B. “… anyone who adds…” God will do something
C. “… anyone takes away…” God will take
THE BIBLE IS AUTHORITATIVE AND FINAL IN ITS COMMANDS (1 Pet. 1:25)
“But the Word of the LORD endures forever.” “Forever,
O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psa.119:89).
A. The Bible is final on civil government (Rom.13:1-7)
B. The Bible is final on family life (Eph. 5:18-6:4)
C. The Bible is final on church life and leadership (1 Tim.3:1-13;
D. The Bible is final on personal living (Rom. 12:1-21)
THE BIBLE IS TOTALLY SUFFICIENT FOR FAITH AND PRACTICE (1 Pet.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth
so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another
deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of
perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring
word of God.
why we read in 2 Tim. 3:16,17, “…that the man of God
may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
me close by affirming that:
• The Bible will accomplish what it promises: “So
shall My Word be that goes forth from My Mouth; it shall not return
to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:11).
• The Bible provides the assurance of your salvation…”
(John 8:47; 20:31).
book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation,
the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are
true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe
it to be saved, and practice it to be holy.
contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort
to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s
staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and
the Christian’s charter. Here heaven is open, and the gates
of hell are disclosed.
is the grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God
its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide
it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth,
health to the soul, and a river of pleasure. It is given to you
here in this life, will be opened at the judgment, and is established
involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest
labor, and condemn all who trifle with its contents.