“I thank my God, making mention of thee in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints; that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” – Philemon 1:4-6
LIGHT FOR NOW: Outside the bible which in it is contained the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, no other book can produce salvation.
It’s seen in this study that the man born of God is born by the word. In essence, you are born again by the word. And don’t forget, God and His word are the same. So your first appreciation as a believer must be appreciation for the word. In Paul’s letter to Timothy, a fellow minister of the gospel, he has this to say “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”. Notice again, the preposition “in Christ” comes up here again in Paul’s letter to Timothy. Now, the word “Holy Scriptures” (2Timothy 3:15) here means sacred writings. Only the bible is called sacred writings or holy writings. This means the bible cannot be treated like any other writings. The only book in the world that contains the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ which produces salvation is the bible (2Timothy 3:15-17).
The word “doctrine” refers to teaching or explanation and the other words reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness are an aftermath of doctrine or a product of sound doctrine or what is found in sound doctrine. So, only the scriptures are valid for teachings; only the scriptures are valid for reproof; that is, evidence. In essence, no one’s video, testimony, experience or visions are valid for teaching or evidence; it is only the scriptures that is valid for teaching or evidences. That is why in teaching bible concepts, the only authority we have is the bible, not someone’s dreams, feelings, emotions or testimony. Whoever went to hell and heaven and came back with messages is insignificant to bible teachings. Your testimony of how you died and went to hell and came back (which is a fable in itself) with messages of how hell is divided into segments and how they are building mansions in heaven for believers who are working out their salvation with fear and trembling holds no weight in bible teaching because it already reveals the degree of your ignorance. Only the scriptures validate your salvation; only the scriptures can teach salvation. Only the scriptures can correct you. We don’t subject the scriptures to your dreams, visions and testimonies; we subject your testimonies, dreams and visions to the scriptures. The bible remains the final authority, not your vision, dreams or experiences. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You have to know the word if you must know and detect what is not the word. Know the word!
PRAYER: Father, I declare that the revelation of your word grows in me till nothing else matters, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Our authority in bible teaching is the bible and not your feelings, dreams, testimonies and visions.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3