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The Final Authority

June 8, 2013

Greetings,

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.         2 Timothy 3: 16-17

Contrary to what some heresy hunters believe…I totally affirm everything stated in this familiar passage of scripture.  The whole bible is definitely inspired, God-breathed and extremely useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness.  I am on board for all of that.  However, I must also point out what the scriptures never says in this passage or anywhere else…. scripture never calls itself the sole, final or ultimate authority in the Church, or in the life of a believer.  That role is reserved for Christ and Christ alone.

Jesus said:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  Matthew 28: 18

If Jesus has “All Authority” then the bible has none.  You see the bible was never intended to be a rule book or a book of Law.  So when it is used that way it has absolutely no authority or power.  However, when used in Christ it is totally profitable and God ordained for everything listed in 2 Timothy 3: 16.

Let me say it again so it will start to sink in….Jesus has been given ALL AUTHORITY.  No other one or no thing has ANY authority over you…including the bible and other Christ followers.  Not even the ones who have assumed titles like Pastor and Reverend.  The only One with true Authority in our lives is Jesus.  Jesus is the Sole, Final and Ultimate Authority over EVERYTHING!  “Let God be True and every other man a liar.”  Romans 3:4

Love and….

Kirk Out!

 

 

 

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8 Comments
  1. Sola Christus

  2. People often say that the Holy Spirit will never contradict what the Bible says. And yet, even within Scripture we see that this very thing happening. We can read the testimony that the Holy Spirit does, at times, contradict Scripture. Take for example when Peter is praying on the roof and he falls into a trance, then the Holy Spirit shows him a bunch of unclean animals and says, “Get up Peter, kill and eat.” (Acts 10:12)

    This, then, is Peter’s response to the Holy Spirit: “Never! I have never eaten anything that Scripture says is unclean.”

    He takes the stance I mentioned above. That being, if the Holy Spirit speaks, what he says will never contradict Scripture; and so, incredibly, Peter initially rejects the Holy Spirit’s words. But then the Holy Spirit continues by saying, “Do not call anything unclean that I call clean.”

    The Bible says certain animals are unclean, but at a later date the voice of the Spirit declares them clean. If Peter was not willing to listen to the Holy Spirit, he would never come into a greater and clearer understanding of God (namely that God was not only revealing all animals are clean, but all people are clean; at this point all the Apostles still thought the gospel was only for the Jews). Peter would have remain chained to the letters written in the Bible, when God wanted to bring him into a greater revelation of freedom that were not contained in the letters written in the Bible. But Peter did listen, though we read in Acts that he was nonetheless at this time greatly confused.

    After Peter accepts the leading of the Spirit, he journey further in spite of it all seeming to contradict the Scriptures. These series of events of being led by the Spirit brings him to a gentile’s house where the whole household gets saved, and the story ends with Peter declaring: “I now understand how true it is…” His understanding did not come from his Bible knowledge, but from his willingness to follow the Spirit–despite the fact it initially felt to him like following the voice of the Spirit was a contradiction to the Bible itself.

    Peter, and all the Apostles, had to wrestle with this new reality, where the Holy Spirit was alive within them and leading them, and when it seemed to be contradicting what they had been taught about Scripture, they had to listen and follow the Spirit’s leading, even if it initially seemed confusing, and each time they did they were then brought into a greater clarity of not only God and his ways, but a higher and more divine way to interpret the Scriptures too.

    Mick Mooney

    Do not know if you have read his work or comics. If not, I am certain you will like much of what he has to say.

    • Chris, thanks for sharing. I have never read Mick’s stuff. Is he from Tennessee?

    • “His understanding did not come from his Bible knowledge, but from his willingness to follow the Spirit–despite the fact it initially felt to him like following the voice of the Spirit was a contradiction to the Bible itself.”

      I agree with this statement and all your statements about the Spirit’s guidance “seeming” to contradict Scripture. He might often seem to do so, depending on your knowledge of Scripture, but He never in fact does.

      Peter knew that the law says not to eat unclean animals. What he obviously didn’t realize at the time is what Paul points out in Galatians: that the law was only given (as a tutor) “until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made” (3:19). So, had he known the Scriptures better (i.e., had he understood the nature of the covenants better), he would have realized what Paul later realized: “He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace” (Ephesians 2:14-15). It was all promised in the “Old Testament” Scriptures.

      The Spirit expands our understanding of the Scriptures (if we actually obey the Scriptures, which means studying them), He never contradicts them.

  3. https://www.facebook.com/searchingforgrace?hc_location=stream

    I believe he is an Aussie living in Germany. You will love today’s comic.

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