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  Online Bible College ES101-05 God’s A Passion for God s Word 5 The Authority of God’s Word In order to experience the full impact of the Bible, you need to accept its authority over your life. Acknowledging the full authority of the Bible as God’s Word to you is a watershed decision for you. From that point on, the Bible is no longer simply a book, but has the voice of God imprinted on its pages. It is no longer about other people; it is about you. Once the authority of God’s Word over your l
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    Online Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05 Page 1     E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    C  o  p  y  r   i  g   h   t   ©   1   9   9   9 ,   T   h  e   O  n   l   i  n  e   B   i   b   l  e   C  o   l   l  e  g  e . In order to experience the full impact of the Bible, you need to accept its authority over your life. Acknowledging the full authority of the Bible as Gods Word to youis a watershed decision for you. From that point on, the Bible is no longer simply a book, but has the voice of God imprinted on its pages. It is no longer aboutother people; it is about you.Once the authority of Gods Word over your life is a settled issue, the study of theBible changes from an academic exercise to a process of discovering Gods thoughts seeing the world, as it were, from his perspective.This authority is embraced by you on two levels: Ü  Acknowledging the authority of Gods Word Ü Submitting to the process of Gods Word Well take a look at both of these in detail.  Acknowledging the Authority of Gods Word Acknowledging the Authority of Gods Word Acknowledging the Authority of Gods Word Acknowledging the Authority of Gods Word Acknowledging the Authority of Gods Word Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13  Acknowledging the authority of Gods Word means accepting it as it actually is,the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe. Knowing the srcin of the words in the Bible is vitally important, for the identity of the author establishesthe authority of his words.Take as an example a child who sees her brother stealing a cookie from the cookie jar. She goes up to him and says, Put that cookie back! You can imagine her brothers reaction. Her words carry no authority and he can brush them off as being of no consequence to him. But suppose she runs and speaks with her fatherand the father tells her, Go back and tell your brother that I said, Put the cookie back! Now its a different story. Now when she speaks to her brother, she says,Dad says, Put the cookie back! It is no longer the words of the sister she is bringing, but the words of the father. Her brother disobeys now at his own peril. 5  The Authority of Gods Word  A Passion for God A Passion for God A Passion for God A Passion for God A Passion for God ’ s Words Words Words Words Word    Online Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05 Page 2     E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    C  o  p  y  r   i  g   h   t   ©   1   9   9   9 ,   T   h  e   O  n   l   i  n  e   B   i   b   l  e   C  o   l   l  e  g  e . In the same way, how we acknowledge the authorship of the Bible will reflect onits authority to challenge our thinking and behavior. If it is merely the words of men, then it is hardly of consequence to you, because your life is separated fromthe srcinal authors by many centuries. If the Bible is solely human in its srcins,then its words are historically distant, culturally distant and, by todays stan-dards, philosophically distant.But if you accept the Bible as the words of God, this puts the Bible in a wholedifferent light. Its author hems you in behind and before ( Psalm 139:1-5 ) and you must give an account of your life to him ( Hebrews 4:13 ). The Bible thuscarries the full weight of the authority of God himself.Lets take a quick look at what the Bible says about its own authority: The authority of the Old Testament  Read 2 Peter 1:20-21 Peter declares four things about Old Testament Scripture: Ü It did not come about due to the prophets own interpretation. Ü It did not have its srcin in the will of man. Ü Its writers spoke from God. Ü Its writers were carried along by the Holy Spirit.Thus Peter establishes that Old Testament is Gods Word, with its srcins an-chored in the will of God. Jesus also regarded the Old Testament to be, in itsentirety, the Word of God. He quoted many times from the Old Testament Scrip-ture ( Matthew 21:42 ). He considered the Old Testament to be infallible ( John10:35 ) and regarded key Old Testament people and events as historic fact. Hespoke of, among many others: Ü  Adam and Eve ( Matthew 19:4-5 ) Ü  Abel ( Matthew 23:35 ) Ü  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ( Matthew 8:11 ) Ü Moses ( Mark 12:26 ) Ü David ( Matthew 12:3-4 ) Ü Solomon ( Matthew 6:29; 12:42 ) Ü Daniel ( Matthew 24:15 ) Ü Jonah ( Matthew 12:39-41 )Jesus also submitted to the authority of Gods Word in his confrontation withSatan on the Mount of Temptation. He used the Scripture as his sole authority  when countering the Devils temptations. Read Matthew 4:1-11  And as an interesting aside, there is even an Old Testament writer who refers toother portions of the Old Testament as Scripture.    Online Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05 Page 3     E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    C  o  p  y  r   i  g   h   t   ©   1   9   9   9 ,   T   h  e   O  n   l   i  n  e   B   i   b   l  e   C  o   l   l  e  g  e . Read Daniel 9:2 Just seventy years after Jeremiah had dictated his book to his secretary, Baruch,his words were already regarded as Scripture by Daniel.The writers of the Old Testament themselves were very conscious that they werenot speaking or writing their own words, but the words of God himself. Read Exodus 4:11-12Read 2 Samuel 23:2Read Jeremiah 1:9  And the New Testament writers held the Old Testament up as the perfect Wordof God. Read 2 Timothy 3:15-16 It was the Old Testament Scripture that Paul was referring to when he said thatTimothy had known from infancy the holy Scriptures. These Scriptures, Paul says,are God-breathed. There is nothing stale about Gods breath. What he breathedlife into for Paul and for Timothy, he continues to breathe life into for us today. The authority of the New Testament  The writers of the New Testament were very conscious that they were writingunder the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit and under the full authority of theLord Jesus himself. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 In the New Testament letters to the first century churches, Paul and others giveexplicit instructions on how to live in order to please God, and in this passage,Paul urges the Thessalonian Christians to do this more and more. But note theauthority that Paul calls upon in giving these instructions. Ü Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus ... Ü For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus . Ü Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God  ...The New Testament Church did not view Pauls words as simply the instructionsof a church leader to his flock. His words were taken as the instructions of theLord Jesus himself. In the same way as Peter had declared that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation ( 2 Peter 1:20 ), sonow the New Testament writings were also seen not to have its srcin in the willof man, but men [wrote] as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit ( 2 Peter1:21 ).    Online Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeOnline Bible CollegeES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05ES101-05 Page 4     E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    E    V    E    N    I    N    G     S    T    U    D    Y    C  o  p  y  r   i  g   h   t   ©   1   9   9   9 ,   T   h  e   O  n   l   i  n  e   B   i   b   l  e   C  o   l   l  e  g  e .  As Arthur Pink puts it:Paul and the other writers were conscious of the fact that they expressedthe mind of Christ, under the guidance of his Spirit. Their letters aretherefore full of teaching, imparted to the first readers by apostolic au-thority, which retains its validity to the present day, and have by divineprovidence been preserved for our instruction. 1 For the first century church, the authority of both the apostlic letters and thegospel accounts was seen to be equal in authority to the Old Testament. Quota-tions from the Old Testament are seemlessly woven together with quotations fromJesus and from the apostles. Read 1 Timothy 5:18 In one breath, Paul quotes both from the Old Testament ( Deuteronomy 25:4 )and from the words of Jesus ( Luke 10:7 ) and refers to both as Scripture. SomeNew Testament writers also quote from other parts of the New Testament  forexample, Jude ( Jude 17-18 ) quotes from Peter ( 2 Peter 3:3 ), and Peter himself refers to the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles ( 2Peter 3:1-2 ). Read 2 Peter 3:15-16 Here Peter refers to Pauls writings, classing them together with the rest of Scrip-ture. His writings, together with the rest of the Bible  both the Old and New Testaments  are declared to be invested with the authority of Gods voice. Thusit was with the confidence declared by the Bible itself that we can truly call theBible in its entirety Gods Word. Read 1 Peter 1:10-12 Note how Peter equates the revelation of the Gospel found in the Old Testament(verses 10-11) with the Gospel preached by the apostles in the New Testament(verse 12)  that which has now been told you by those who have preached thegospel to you by  the Holy Spirit  ...The Word of God has authority because it is the pure expression of Gods thoughts,Gods requirements and Gods plans. Read Psalm 12:6Read Psalm 19:7Psalm 119:160  And because Gods Word is pure, it also produces life in the heart of the one whois open to receive the Word. Because the author of the Word of God is called theauthor of life ( Acts 3:15 ), the Word of God carries a life-generating authority. Read John 6:63,68
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