The name Perfect Word Ministries is a tribute to the fundamental and overarching belief that Scripture* is Adonai’s flawless, perfect Word encoded in the stuff of written, human language. The Scriptures—in their original autographs, and in every substantial respect of subsequent copies—are absolutely true, totally reliable, completely objective, and solely authoritative for all faith and practice for the follower of Yeshua. This belief, stated as non-negotiable fact, is nevertheless a matter of faith, requiring spiritual revelation, personal experience, and the internal testimony of Scripture to establish it. If, however, we can accept that the Scriptures are the very Word of God transcribed into something we can grasp, then we can fully accept everything it says with complete confidence and conviction.
We can trust it, for example, when it says that life itself comes from the Word of God (Matthew 4:1-4), and that it is a light and a lamp (Psalm 119:105) to the feet of those who follow in its way. We can believe that the Word is the Torah of Adonai (Isaiah 2:3)—the instructions and teachings for Israel—and the sayings of the Prophets who spoke by inspiration, moved by the Spirit of God (Acts 28:25). The Word is the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), separating spirit and soul, joint and marrow, discerning the thoughts of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). The Word is Truth (Psalm 119:160, John 17:17) and it is alive (Hebrews 4:12)—it is straight and upright (Psalm 33:4), never crooked in its ways. The Word is the very seed (Luke 8:11) of the Good News of the Messiah Yeshua; and more than that, it is the Messiah Himself—the Son, the Only Begotten One (John 1:1ff). This unbreakable Word—dictated by the mouth of God, inscribed by human hands—is preserved for us in the Scriptures (John 10:35) of our faith.
Additionally, the Master Yeshua Himself establishes the Scriptures as the written revelation of Truth by pointing to their combined testimony of Him. Following His resurrection, Yeshua said to His disciples, “‘…it [was] necessary for all the things that are written about Me in the Torah of Mosheh, and the Prophets, and the Psalms to be fulfilled.’ Then He opened up their understanding to understand the Scriptures…” (Luke 24:44-45) Had the Master strayed from “all the things that are written” about Him in the Scriptures, or failed to fulfill them, His messianic calling and claim would have been nullified. Only by the authority of the written Word of God could Yeshua accomplish His work as Messiah.
The Spirit has been sent to us to “teach [us] all things” (John 14:26). Nevertheless, everything must be measured and verified (especially because of the subjective nature of spiritual insights and experiences) by the objective standard of Scripture (which is, itself, spiritual, Romans 7:14). As disciples of Messiah, everything we believe in and rely upon rests solely on whether or not the Scriptures are true. It should follow, then, that if we determine the Scriptures are indeed true, then we are obliged to honor and obey them—not merely with the intentions of our hearts or the words of our lips, but with the very way we live.
Our only hope for achieving unity as a Body, and the agreement necessary for fundamental, covenantal fellowship, and for our own effectiveness as disciples of Messiah, begins with the place of the Word of God in our lives. If the Word does not establish our priorities for us, if the Word is a mere consultant with no authority, if the Word is not considered absolute truth—and the sole source of it, at that—we will experience powerlessness, dissatisfaction, confusion and disunity as we try to make our way through life on our own. For the Messiah to be truly effectual in our lives, we must not merely make room for the Word—we must fully receive and accept its authority and power to change us… by hearing and doing what it says.
“Every Scripture is God-breathed, and profitable for teaching, for rebuke, for setting aright, for instruction that is in righteousness, that the man of God may be [fully] equipped—having been completed for every good work.” 2Timothy 3:16-17
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*Scripture, consisting of the Hebrew Scriptures—the so-called “Old Testament”—and the Scriptures written in Greek—the so-called “New Testament,” cf. De.18:18, 1Co.2:10, 2Pe.3:16.
This article was adapted in part from my book, “Being a Disciple of Messiah”.