The Final Authority?
“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 say 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. The bible also never refers to itself as “The Word of God”, because that description belongs solely to Jesus and no other person or thing.
“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, zip, zero, nada. 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 with the Spirit’s leading it is totally profitable and God ordained for everything listed in 2 Timothy 3: 16 and more.
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 false 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
P.s. I feel His leading to push the envelope here right now… So here it goes…. For some people who view the bible as a guide to judge others and also see it as their final authority..at times the bible then becomes the log or plank in their eye that keeps them from ever really grasping the relational truths found within scripture. When that occurs the bible is reduced to nothing more than a legal document used for judgement and condemnation. We need always to remember that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. I choose the freedom and life of the Spirit over the letter of the Law any day; and when I live that way I am more than able to allow Jesus to remove the splinters and specks from my very own eyes. This then leads to my full acceptance and love for others without the need to judge or superficially attempt to remove any items from their eyes. This freedom from the Letter allows me to be the simple loving brother of others rather than their judge, juror or executioner. It all boils down to this…. you either allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into ALL truth and deep, rich relationship and fellowship with others or you instead choose the written text and code that by itself ultimately leads to only error and fractured relationships.