Absolutely! Every Word of God – the entire Bible as we have it today – is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So why make some of it red and the rest in black.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. ~ John 6:63 NASB
Jesus says of His own words, they are "Spirit and are Life." Jesus is the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14) God spoke the Word (Jesus) and created all things. There is no more powerful force in the universe that the Word of Jesus.
If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing… ~ 1 Timothy 6:3,4 NASB
Paul tells us that all doctrine must line up with the teachings of Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate plumb line. We must judge all doctrine and all our theology against the life and words of Jesus. It is a big mistake to take the words of Paul and allow your interpretation of them to “trump” the words of Jesus. This goes for the Old Testament as well. For instance, if you take the example of the life of Job and superimpose it over the life of Jesus, and explain away the words of Jesus based on the life of Job, you are misunderstanding.
Paul also tells us:
…attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” ~ Colossians 2:2b,3 NASB
Here we see that true wealth and treasure is all hidden in Christ. Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that Jesus is the express image of God, so if we want to see what God is really like, we should not dig around in the Old Testament, but rather look at the clear image of God – Jesus.
This blog, "Another Red Letter Day," will focus predominately on the red letters – Jesus’ own words - and hopefully encourage and challenge the reading community to move closer to Him, and conform more fully to His likeness. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds, so unlocking these words of Jesus can only result in our conforming to His likeness, line by line, precept by precept.
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