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Faith Alive! | Commandments of Christ 16

16. “If any man speak, let him speak the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11)

From issue 98 (January–April 2011)

THIS year the spotlight shines on the King James Version of the Bible, and on the Bible as a whole. Media and public attention is turning to the question, ‘What impact can such an old book have on my life now?’ What a perfect climate in which to tell everyone we meet about God’s plan and purpose; but why is it so important that we do, and where do we start?

Oracles of God

The Bible tells us to speak “oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11). These are His words of wisdom, recorded for us in the Bible. To speak them is to speak about His plan and purpose with mankind. There are times when we won’t be speaking directly about God’s word, but it should be reflected in the way we speak and in the things we choose to speak about.

Why is it so important to speak God’s word?

Jesus told his disciples to “proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15) and explains in the next verse that only those who believe will be saved. It is our responsibility to everyone we meet to tell them about the good news of the kingdom of God. If they are never told, they will continue to walk in darkness.

What’s more, speaking about God’s word is a way of giving him praise and glory (1 Peter 4:11) and it enables others to build a relationship with him in which they can also give him glory and honour.

Where do I start?

It can be difficult to know how to talk about God’s word with friends and colleagues, but one thing is certain: genuine excitement and enthusiasm are infectious, so the best place to start is with personal study, prayer and meditation. The more time we spend thinking about God’s word, the more natural it will feel to discuss it with others.

What impact can this have on my life?

Talking about God’s word with others can really help to strengthen our own relationship with God, encourage us to explore our beliefs in more depth and shape us into capable and knowledgeable men and women of God, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17).

Amy Parkin

 

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