These Are Written

In the previous post, “By What Authority?” we discussed that there are only two sources for religious or spiritual authority. One of those, the authority of man, can and should be rejected. The authority of God, however, cannot be rejected. We know that Jesus was given all authority:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” [Matthew 28:18 NKJV]

We also know that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, as the “Comforter,” to guide the apostles into all truth:

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own [authority], but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” [John 16:13 NKJV]

This was promise to the apostles, not to all Christians. The promise was to those “who had been with him from the beginning” (John 15:27) and who need to be reminded of the things He had previously told them (John 14:26). Neither of these apply to anyone alive today. But, since neither Jesus nor the apostles are on the earth today, how can we know the what the will of heaven is? Consider the following verses:

  • 30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. [John 20:30-31 NKJV]
  • 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles– 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), [Ephesians 3:1-4 NKJV]
  • These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may [continue to] believe in the name of the Son of God. [1 John 5:13 NKJV]
  • 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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV]

What we see in all of these is that the will of heaven has been passed down to all generations through the written word. The real question is whether we are willing to read and listen to the message God is sending to us. In coming articles we will look at some of the stumbling blocks people put in the way of hearing and understanding God’s will as revealed in the scriptures.

Dan Fontenot

(Note: Verse references are clickable links that will open the verses in context in BlueLetterBible.org)

 

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