Friday, July 24, 2015

WHERE IS THE FIRE?

We need the fire from heaven to do a work in our congregations.
There is no substitute for the Holy Spirit’s fire from heaven. 
Fire is used as a symbol to represent a very important work of God.
We do not need the “wild fire” which Satan uses to deceive the people.
We need Holy Ghost fire which will purge and cleanse the temple of God.
We are the temple of God; and, God will not dwell in an unclean temple.
The need of congregations and individuals in our day is to teach them to make themselves a holy sacrifice and be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 6:1-8
1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

The congregations of the church of God cannot prosper and increase without the special work of the fire of the Holy Ghost.   The carnal nature is represented by the “flesh” and the “works of the flesh”.  The flesh is contrary to and is the enemy of the Spirit.  No person can walk in the Spirit and in the works of the flesh at the same time.  The influence of the flesh is very strong and it will not allow you to crucify the flesh without a great struggle.  The flesh will try to hide from being discovered.  It will excuse itself as being absolutely necessary to life and happiness.  The flesh is self-centered and selfish.  It will demand that you protect and please it.  The flesh must be burned with fire.  When the Holy Spirit gives you understanding that some action or attitude needs to be purged, don’t draw back from the fire.  Let Him burn it up. 

1 Corinthians 3:12-17
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Wood, hay and stubble are symbols of the works of the flesh.  They will not survive the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Let it burn so you can be saved.  We will be saved, if we submit to the purging fire of God. 

Matthew 3:1-12
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

What is this chaff and what is this unquenchable fire?   The chaff is the flesh, the carnal nature.  The unquenchable fire is the Holy Spirit.  When you find yourself in the furnace of Zion, let it burn up all the chaff in your life.  The judgments of God may be hot and death to the flesh, but let it burn so that you can be saved.    

Isaiah 31:9
And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

Where does the Holy Spirit work?  His work is in Zion and in Jerusalem which represent the church of God.  God is where His people are.  He will work with them who keep His commandments and will submit to the work of the Holy Spirit.  The “furnace in Jerusalem” will keep the congregation from becoming lukewarm and overcome by cold hearted iniquity.  When you feel the heat of the battle, when the Holy Spirit is purging and cleansing you from the influence and power of the carnal nature, tell God thank you

Ezekiel 22:19-22
19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.
22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the Lord have poured out my fury upon you.

The Holy Spirit will do His work.  He will either burn you up as chaff or He will purge you as gold tried in the fire.  Which way will you choose?  You will either suffer for Christ in this life by denying your flesh all of its pleasures; or, you will suffer in eternity for denying Christ the obedience He deserves to receive from you. 

Revelation 3:14-19
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Do you have this gold tried in the fire?  You cannot obtain it except you go through the furnace.   


Matthew 13:37-43
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

This may sound like the final judgment at the end of time.  Although these things are said to take place “in the end of this world” it is not “at” the end of this world.  When God sends forth His ministers to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, there will be a gathering out of all those things which offend God and also the gathering out of them which do iniquity.  The preaching of God’s judgments will cause people to get in or get out.  We don’t want people to get out; however, we also do not want people to pretend to be in when they still have willful sin in their life. 

Luke 3:7-9
7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

The truth of this gospel is like a two edged sword.  It will cut sin from your life or it will cut you down so that you will be cast into the fire of God’s furnace.  King David said in Psalms 1:4-5 “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”

Acts 2:1-4
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The gifts of God always come to us from the coals of the golden altar.  This passage in the second chapter of Acts is the work of God which the Apostle John spoke of in the Revelation chapter eight.

Revelation 8:1-5
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.


When the ministry and the people of God allow the angel of God to take fire from the altar and purge our hearts with this Holy Ghost fire, we will once again hear and see “voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”   We must be willing to let the Holy Spirit burn up all false religion, every false doctrine and ever selfish act and attitude.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FOOLISH QUESTIONS

One of Satan’s deceitful tricks is to put thoughts into your mind which cause you to ask foolish questions.   These foolish questions are intended to cause you to doubt the trustworthiness of the Word of God and the counsel of God’s ministers. 

You may think that the thoughts and questions which occupy your mind are your own thoughts and question and they may be.  The may also not be just your thoughts and questions.  What attitude or spirit is motivating and prompting your questions?  Do they originate from a sincere and humble desire to know the truth?  Or, do they originate from a desire to cast a doubt on the truth?

2 Timothy 2:16-24
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Foolish and unlearned questions produce strife and contention and controversy.  Foolish questions cause doubts and unbelief.  Congregations are divided and destroyed by foolish questions.  Marriages and families are broken and hurt by foolish questions.  Satan is a master at putting foolish questions into the mind for the purpose of destroying that which God has intended to be good for you. 

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Why did Satan ask Eve this question?  Satan was intentionally leading Eve into questioning what God had said and what God meant.  The command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the only command that God had given to Adam and Eve.  Satan did not ask Eve if she could go pick strawberries today.  Satan did not ask her anything about anything except eating of the one tree which God had commanded them not to eat.  Satan is not interested in asking questions about what is righteous and good.  He is only interested in asking question which are intended to make you doubt or disobey.  These are foolish questions.  

A wise child of God told me today that they have learned that most of Satan’s questions start with “What if…”.  What if God does not heal you?  What if you are still in pain tomorrow and the next day?  What if your family does not approve of your decision?  What if you are mistaken?  Satan does not want anyone to believe the words of God.  He wants to cause you to doubt and have questions which lead you away from the truth.

Genesis 3:2-6
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Satan had succeeded in getting Eve to talk to him and consider what he had to say.  Satan wants to get you to talk to him.  If you don’t talk to him,  he has a hard time talking to you.  If you sing, pray, read godly books and the Bible, Satan will get tired, angry and flee from you.  If you talk to him, he will contradict what God has said.  He still tells people today that if they disobey God they will not surely die. 

1 Timothy 6:3-5
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Doting means to harp upon or to argue about an unimportant issue.  Doting implies that there is a moral sickness causing the unreasonable conversation.  The words of some people will eat away at you like a cancer.
Their purpose is to tear down your faith and your obedience.  We cannot answer all the questions of the unbelievers who jump from one question to the next without ever acknowledging the truth.
 
Mark 12:13-17
13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

There are people like the Pharisees and the Herodians in our communities today.  They are not interested in knowing the truth.  They want to find fault with the message of righteousness.  They want people to be prompted to ask questions, all kinds of questions, unreasonable questions, foolish questions; and, any question which would cast a shadow of doubt upon the truth. 

Luke 11:53-54
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

What is the motivation for your questions?  Are you trying to disprove the Word of God?  Are you trying to discredit the testimony of the children of God?  Are you trying to catch the pastor in a mis-spoken word?  There are those people who will condemn you as being a sinner because of a mis-spoken word.  Jesus did not mis-speak and they still condemned Him and would not believe Him. 

Matthew 21:23-27
23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.
27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

These men were not seeking to know the truth.  They wanted to trap Jesus into saying something for which they could accuse Him of being a false teacher.  They wanted to cause the people to reject Jesus as a man who speaks the truth.  Do not be surprised when people treat you wrongly, just like they did Jesus.  Some will lie to others about what you have said.  They will distort your words and claim that your intentions and meaning were wrong and un-Christian.  Because you do not agree with them, then you cannot have the same Holy Ghost which they have.    

Matthew 22:15-18
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

What these religious hypocrites did to Jesus is just the same as what religious hypocrites do to the saints of God and the ministers of God who would teach the truth. 

Matthew 22:23-30
23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

I want you to see that the religious people of that day did not just try once or twice to catch Jesus in saying something false.  It was a common and continual thing.  They always resisted the truth.  People who do not want to live a holy life are still asking foolish questions. 

Matthew 22:34-40
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

What is the purpose of your questions?
What attitude do you have when you ask questions?
Do you want to know the truth or are you looking for an excuse for your unbelief?


Saturday, July 4, 2015

THE LIVING WORD

John 1:1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Jesus Christ is THE LIVING WORD.  He is the only source of spiritual life.  There is no other way for any person to have spiritual life except by faith and obedience to Jesus Christ and His commandments. 
If you do not accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God, you are dead.
If you do not believe and obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, you are dead. 

We have the Word of God in the printed words of the Holy Bible.  The Bible tells us about Jesus, but we must have more than just the printed word which we can read.  When you read the Bible, you must read it with your heart and not just your mind.  You must read the Bible with faith.  You must read it with desire as a hungry man would desire food for his stomach. 

You must read the word of God with reverence and respect, because God commanded holy men to write these words and make these words available for you to read. 

Revelation 1:1-3
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
What is the book of The Revelation?  It is the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Who told John to write it?  Jesus Christ commanded John to write it. 
Whom did Jesus expect to read these words?  Everybody!
Is there a blessing promised to those who read and hear the words of this prophecy?  Yes!
What kind of person will receive a blessing from reading the Bible? 
Will the scoffers and unbelievers be blessed?
The words of the Bible are words of life, they are living words.  They will inspire faith and hope.  They will teach righteousness and give warnings against evil. 

Revelation 1:17-19
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Jesus told John to “Write the things which thou has seen, and the things which are and the things which shall be hereafter.”  If John was commanded to write these words, who are the people who should read the words which he wrote?  Was it just meant to be read only by these seven congregations?  Or, was it intended to be read by all the generations which should follow until Jesus returns to receive the church up into heaven?

Revelation 2:1
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Again, I want you to see that John was told to write these words.  These words were intended for others to read.  It is critical that people read the words of the Bible so that they can know the truth about how to live a holy life and enjoy the privileges which God has provided for all His children.  I encourage you to read.  Your life depends on it.

1 Corinthians 4:14
I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

The Apostle Paul wrote letters to many congregations.  Did the Holy Spirit inspire Paul to write these letters?  There is no doubt that Paul was doing what God instructed him to do.  These things were written for our instruction. 

2 Timothy 3:14-17
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Do you believe that the Bible is a Holy Book?  It was inspired by God.  It has been preserved by God for us to read.  It is the text of the Living Word. 

1 Corinthians 10:6-12
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

We have both the Old Testament and the New Testament to teach us about the will of God for our lives.  These books were written for examples of right and wrong.  They were written for us as admonitions and warnings to teach us to avoid evil and do good. 

Knowing that God had these things written for our examples and admonitions, should we not reverence them and obey them?  What does it mean to believe the Bible?  What would the world be like if there had not been any written books to teach men about God and His will for mankind?  Would this world be more wicked if the influence of the Holy Bible had been absent for the last 2,000 years? 

Acts 21:25
As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

How would the Gentiles know these things if there were no teachers to tell them?  How will teachers know what to teach if they have no text book from which to learn and teach? 

Romans 15:15
Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

Paul wrote to the people to remind them and to teach them.  He wrote because of the grace of God which was given to him to teach others what he had been taught by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:12
By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

Peter wrote to the church to exhort and to testify of the grace of God.  What Peter wrote was inspired by the Holy Spirit and written down for our instruction and encouragement, so that we could believe those things which lead to salvation and eternal life.

1 John 2:14
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

The same John who was instructed by Jesus Christ to write the book of The Revelation was also told to write these things to the church.

John 11:25-26
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

The words of the Bible are living words.  They are not mere academic exercises of some well-intended persons. 

John 14:6-7
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

These words are the faithful report of those disciples who walked and lived with Jesus Christ.  The disciples had a personal “real-time” experience with hearing, seeing and touching the very Son of God.  They wrote of these experiences because the Holy Spirit inspired them to do so for our benefit.  If we neglect to hear the prophets, apostles and disciples of Christ who have written for our instruction, we will suffer the dire consequences of unbelief. 

John 6:26-58
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

The Bread of Life is Jesus Christ and the Gospel which He brought to mankind.  His body, His blood, His life and His words of eternal life constitute that which gives eternal life.  Without all of these aspects of Jesus Christ, there would be no plan of salvation.  The truth incorporates all of what Jesus Christ spoke.  The truth is the whole loaf of bread.  It is the whole roll.  You must eat the whole roll. 

Ezekiel 3:1-3
1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.

Will you eat the whole roll of God’s word?  It is the living word, the bread of life.  Eat it and you shall have eternal life.  Reject it and eat it not and you will die that spiritual death which separates man from God.