Of The Holy Scriptures
Chapter 1, Paragraph 4
“The Authority of the Holy Scripture for which it ought to be believed dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the Author thereof; therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.”
2 Peter 1:19-21. Are Scriptures solely a man-made document?
2 Timothy 3:16. How is Scripture described in this passage?
1 Thessalonians 2:13. Are these the words of men, or of God?
1 John 5:9. Whose testimony or witness is it?
Should you believe and obey the Bible because your church says so?
Should you believe and obey the Bible because of the great men who wrote the various books it contains?
No and no.
While the Church may recognize the authority of Scripture, the Church does not hold power over Scripture. The only reason why we should believe and obey the Bible is because it is God’s Word. While God used the personalities and and talents of various men throughout history to declare His truth, it is His truth that is contained in there. If God is Truth, He does not lie. His Word, therefore, does not lie.
Strictly speaking the books became part of the canon the moment the ink dried on the page. They were breathed out by God. They were God’s word. But only when gathered together over an extended time was it possible for any church, and then for the entire church, to recognise them as a whole as the canon.-Sinclair Ferguson, From the Mouth of God. (Banner of Truth, Carlisle PA. 2014)
The Almighty Creator of the universe and all that it contains has breathed out the Scriptures. They are powerful words that reveal His character and will. They are a display of His majesty and glory. Trust them. Submit to them. And most of all, trust in and submit to their Author.
Questions to Consider:
- Do you view Scripture as the word of God?
- Are you spending time learning God’s word and submitting to its authority?