It is a good thing to be in the Word of God, allowing it to shape and conform us into the image of Christ. It is great thing that God has committed to us, we who make up His church, His precious oracles.
- “Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.” (Romans 3:2 – NASB)
Here in this text is found a “striking” synonym for the holy Scriptures . . . “the oracles of God.” It occurs three times in the Bible. In our text the apostle Paul is emphasizing the great privilege, and for that matter, the great responsibility that had been given unto the Jews, for God had given His “oracles” to them.
Zodhiates, in his Word Study notes, states that this expression, “oracles,” is in the Greek, ta logia, meaning “the declaration of God.” He goes on to say that it “denotes . . . the historical manifestations of the Word of God.” Unto the Jews God committed the awesome responsibility of recording His Word, history given from the very voice of God. One person has written concerning this term, “divinely inspired utterances.”
In Hebrews 5:12, the author rebuked the Hebrew Christians who had still not learned what they should have . . .
- “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” (Hebrews 5:12 – NASB)
The apostle Peter urged the ones he wrote to . . .
- “Whoever speaks, let him speak as it were the utterances of God” (I Peter 4:11 – NASB . . . note: The word “utterances” here is the same word translated “oracles” in our initial text.)
Peter was saying that anyone who speaks for the Lord needs to “speak as it were the (oracles) of God,” needs to faithfully proclaim what the Word of God says.
The great Christian martyr Stephen called these “utterances of God” . . .
- “. . .living oracles” (Acts 7:38 – NASB)
So the conclusion from all this is that the Holy Scriptures make up the very “utterances” of the living God. Old and New Testaments, holy words given to and through believing Jews and the early disciples of Christ, preserved for us in our Bible.
Think of it brethren, that In this day in which you and I live these “oracles of God,” these divine “utterances,” these “living” words as recorded in the Bible, have been committed to us. They are to be believed, read, studied, obeyed, and proclaimed . . . a most awesome responsibility.
The Creator God has spoken to His creation, man is not left to his own imagination of how things came about or how he got where he is or how he can get out of the huge dilemma he is in. Many people reject this of course, but never-the-less, the testimony of the Bible to them is, “These are “the oracles of God.” The very words of the living God!
Have a good day brethren . . . and as you walk take a moment to look at your Bible and consider just what God has passed into your care.
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