Scripture’s Authority

September 25, 2013

Friends,
The Word of God, and no other book or doctrine or tradition, is the fully inspired teachings of the Lord God of Heaven (2 Tim. 3:16) and fully sufficient to train us in God’s ways. (v. 17) Any other words which the Holy Spirit may lead someone to speak or write will be in complete accordance with the Old and New Testaments. Any doctrines that are not found in God’s Word, or that are not in complete accordance with the teachings therein, are not part of the Truth. (Isa. 8:20)

Pr. 30:5,6 tell us that every word of God is flawless and we are not to add to His words. 1 Cor. 4:6 directs us, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Ps. ch. 119 teaches us that by meditating on God’s Word which is our Lamp and Light, we acquire understanding, wisdom, joy, and freedom from falsehoods and sin.

Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword. Eph. 6:17 commands us to gird ourselves with “the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” Jesus continually spoke about the Scriptures, pointing out that understanding them would lead us to Him (John 5:37-40), show us how He and His teachings were a fulfillment of what was prophesied (Mt. 5:17-20), and that by feeding on the Word of God we would receive His Spirit / Eternal Life (John 6:33-63 // 1 John 1:1-4) –that is, salvation (2 Tim. 3:15) and sanctification. (John 17:17)

James 1:18, as well, says, “He chose to give us birth through the Word of Truth”, while verse 21 says that “the Word planted in you [is that] which can save you.” 1 Peter 1:23 confirms the same while James 2:12 commands us to “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom.” Jesus informs us that His very words will, on the Last Day, condemn the person who did not accept His words (John 12:48) –those words that lead to eternal life (v. 50) which the Father commanded Him to say and how. (v. 49)

The psalmist says to God in Ps. 119:113, “I love Your law”, and in verse 114, “I have put my hope in Your Word.” Never do the Scriptures encourage us to put our trust in men’s words, but only in God’s. (1 Thes. 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:19-21 are two passages which emphasize the contrast.) Jesus Himself taught this, and never did He defend Truth through men’s writings or oral traditions. Instead, He defended Truth using the Scriptures, repeatedly saying, “It is written”, meaning “in the Scriptures.” Furthermore, Jesus spoke negatively of men’s teachings, rules, and traditions and stated that these were causing people to let go of God’s commands so that they were multiplying hypocrites headed for Hell whose worship of God was worthless. (Mt. ch. 23 // Mark 7:6-13)

The Scriptures continually exalt God’s Word, never the words of mere men. In Ps. 138:2 we are informed that God has exalted His Word above all things alongside of His Name. Without using these as our sole authority, we become open to being deceived by “every wind of teaching.” (Eph. 4:14) But as we “let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly” (see Col. 3:16) we will be competent to “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.” (same verse)

It is the Word of God, the Scriptures, which we are commanded to preach (2 Tim. 4:2) and to read in our meetings (1 Tim. 4:13), being careful to adhere to correct doctrine so that both teachers and listeners will be saved. (v. 16) Otherwise a “different gospel” will be taught which condemns its adherents to Hell. (1 Cor. 15:1,2 // Gal. 1:6-9 // 2 John 1:9) Correctly handling the Word of Truth, therefore, is necessary for a workman to be approved by God (2 Tim. 2:15) and for being in the Truth itself. (v. 17,18)

It is the Lord who is our Life (Dt. 30:20 // John 14:6), but this Life (meaning eternal life) must include an adherence to no other doctrine but that found in the Word of Life. (Dt. 32:47 // John 6:63 // 1 John 1:1-3)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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