Dr. Péter Hack’s preaching summary 2021.12.05.
Communion with God’s Word does not take place in the physical realm, because God is spiritual and we can grasp Him in a spiritual way. An event that only consists of worshiping cannot be justified by the Bible, rather, God’s worship must work together with His Word. When we praise the Lord, we must get rid of every sin, because He cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting together. Faith comes by hearing, by listening to God’s word. Let’s not scorn him who speaks.
We should open our hearts to God’s Word, because that creates communion with Him. Whoever wants to reach this communion without God’s word, is seeking God by their own chosen way, but not according to the will of God.
Jesus Christ and the Church are like bridegroom and bride, who want to find favour in each other’s sight, however they have to know how they can achieve this, so need to know the other person. Those people who want to get closer to God without being acquainted to Him expect Him to change His own values according to their wishes, but that is not possible. God revealed Himself through His Word, so we can build our relationship with him according to it.
The threat of death ceases in our lives if we have faith and listen to God’s Word. It’s important to renew our faith that through His Word faith can form in our hearts.
God’s word gets into our heart through our ears; it fills it, and when we speak, our mouths speak out of the abundance of our hearts. This is why we have to be careful sothat our hearts would only be supplied with good speeches. The tongue has authority over both death and life. This is a spiritual law that is stronger than the laws of physics. This is why we have to be careful when we speak, because when we start talking, at that moment we are not aware of the content of our hearts, because as we socialise and live our everyday lives lot of things might enter our hearts.
The spoken word starts to act in our lives and in other people’s, too. Therefore, let’s be swift to hear and slow to speak.
According to the Bible, evil speaches can be as harmful for those who utter them as a small fire for a forest. A little flame can set a big forest on fire. Everyone must decide whether they believe God or Satan; the truth or lies. Those people who listen to lies, will speak lies, however those who listen to the truth will be more likely to speak the truth. There is no third way! Nowadays the world is spreading lies rather intensively, therefore we need to be extremely careful of what we listen to.
According to the Bible, the love of lies leads to condemnation. We can learn the truth by listening to God’s word and being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Its fruits tell the most about a person’s life. The fruits of untruth are destruction, decay, and desolation. God hates lies, and the reasoning that this is only true of the God of the Old Testament isn’t true for He never changes. Lies are from Satan and they separate people from the fountain of Life. The Bible makes it clear that false witnesses won’t go unpunished. So, let’s be careful when we express our opinion.
We have to become acquainted to the Scriptures and make them a lifestyle. Let’s get rid of all the lies and speak only the truth! If we can’t decide whether something is true or not, then remain silent about it.
It’s important that we learn the truth and we stick to it. Learning and getting to know the truth is a path we call discipleship. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him: If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
We cannot be semi-authentic representatives of the truth, but only thorough and complete– that’s how it will be genuine. You must conciliate your actions with God’s Word. Truth is an inexhaustible fountain. The more we listen to God’s Word, the more our hearts will be filled with the truth. The truth is recognizable, but merely by honest searching. Truth brings light into our lives.
- Hebrews 12:22-29
- John 5:24
- Proverbs 18:21, 19:5 and 9, 14.25
- John 8:44
- 2. Thessalonians 2:9-12
- Micah 6:9-15
- Psalms 5:6-7, 7:15, 144:8-11
- Romans 1:17
- Ephesians 4:25
The text was translated by Zsuzsa Lukács on the basis of the notes of Hrabovszki György.