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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY

August 24, 2014

L. John Bost
L. John Bost
How do you see the Bible? Is it God's all-inspired, all-authoritative, all-sufficient, Word? Did it used to be all those things but is no longer relavant today? Was it never some, or all of those things? Is some of the Bible God's inspired word, but other parts of it are from men? Is it just a book useful for your encouragement, but not as a book of laws that must be obeyed? You really do not know? Chances are you fall in to one of those categories. But which one is the correct one?
The Old Testament was written by Moses. He related to God's people, Israel, the laws that were given to him by God. God commanded Moses over and over again to "speak unto the children Of Israel," fifteen times in the Book of Leviticus alone. In Deuteronomy 4:2, Moses commanded Israel, "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." He repeated the same charge in Deuteronomy 12:32. Years later, Solomon would write, "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar" (Proverbs 30:5-6). He writes in Ecclesiastes 12:13, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 (NKJV), "All authority is given unto me in heaven and on earth."
At the end of the New Testament, John writes in Rev 22:18-19:
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Sounds very familiar to Moses' words in Deuteronomy 4:2, doesn't it?
The time would come when God would replace the law given to Israel through Moses. That was not a perfect law. It could not permanently take away men's sins. So what was to become of the Old Covenant? Paul writes in Hebrews 8:13: "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." So, as a law, the Old Testament, given by Moses, was replaced by the New Testament, given by Jesus Christ.
Jesus said in John 12:48, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." So, we will be judged in the last day by the words of Jesus Christ, not by the words of Moses! Jesus went on to say in John 12:49, "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak." Jesus illustrated the necessity of obeying His words with the parable of the house built on a rock which successfully endured a severe storm, and the house build on the sand which suffered a catastrophic end (Matthew 7:21-27).
House built on rock, spared by storm House built on sand destroyed by storm
"House built on a rock" "House built on sand"
Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 (NKJV), "All authority is given unto me in heaven and on earth." How do we know what Jesus authorizes us to do? We know what Jesus authorizes us to do by being diligent students of His Word, the New Testament (2 Timothy 2:15).

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