The Authority Of The Scripture, Evans Olang

Luke 4:8, “And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! FOR IT IS WRITTEN, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Hebrews 10:7, “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.’”

A police officer can only exercise authority because he has a badge that gives him that authority. As a Christian, we have the authority of the scripture to speak what it says rather than our own opinions and beliefs. Today people want to live by their own created beliefs, assumptions, ideas and the like.

And the question that tends to run into my mind is, “by whose authority do you speak of these things?” Satan came to tempt Jesus in the wilderness and Jesus took the authority of the scripture, quoted it and stood by it. He told Satan, “It is written…”. The written word of God gives us the authority to speak it.

Many have a problem believing the story of Jonah and the whale, Jesus had no problem believing it because it was true and He was there when it happened, He quoted it Matthew 12:40, ” For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. In as much as we have our own ideas and thoughts of how things should be or should be dealt with, the Holy Scripture ought to be our final authority. And we cannot pick and choose what we want to believe and agree with. We cannot also go around trying to find loop holes in the bible to support what we want to justify or smash our thinking as to what we believe the author meant. If I’m looking at a painting, my interpretation of the painting has no authority over what the painter meant for it to be when he painted it.

The Bible has been banned, burned, and, to some, supposedly “debunked,” yet still its truth stands. It remains the test of orthodoxy for all who claim to be of God or speak of God’s ways. 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” The most important thing about Scripture is not just that we read it or study it, but that we live it, that we obey the Lord (James 1:22). God did not give us His Word merely to inform us, but to change our lives therefore we receive it as it is even when we find certain verses hard to accept and follow. . As Mark Twain aptly put it, “it is not the things in the Bible that people can’t understand that prove troublesome, but the things they can understand. Even if people are convinced that the Bible is true from cover to cover, will they heed its message?”

Today the Bible’s credibility and authority are still attacked. Yet how many of its critics have carefully studied its teaching? How many have even looked at the story of how it came to be written? A careful reader will recognize that the Bible is not so much a single book as a library of sixty-six books. It contains a variety of literary genres: history, poetry, narrative, exposition, parable, and “apocalyptic”.

The writers in the bible though different unified their stories, they offer the same understanding of God throughout. He is one God, Creator, Savior, and Judge. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and eternal. His character is holy, good, loving, and just. They tell us of the human nature. People are made in God’s image and are capable of great good. Yet they are also sinful rendering man helpless under the weight of sin and only God made a way of escape through His Son Jesus. They offer a common understanding of Jesus Christ. He is both God and Man. He became a real human being in order to show the world the God it could not otherwise perceive. Something deeply significant happened as a result of His death on the cross, making it possible for God and humanity to be reconciled. They offer the same hope. God will accomplish His purposes for His creation.

Hebrews 10:7, “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.’ Jesus came in the volume written of Him, quoted it as the truth because He is truth, the same reason the scripture should be our final authority. Men are makes errors, God’s word has no error as many would want us believe the reason we have it as the final authority. Blessings Ev

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