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The Sole And Final Authority?

January 19, 2016

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 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.

Jesus said:

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

If Jesus has “All Authority” then it makes perfect sense that 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

Love and….

Kirk Out!

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 actually grasping the vast 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 surrender and 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments
  1. I utterly love this! And agree with the things you’ve written on this authority issue, both with the bible and leaders. Thank you. A bit of our story…. We were literally forced out of two churches within 6 years. They were “bible-believing” King James only churches. We truly believed (and still do) that God Himself had put us in both these places, and so didn’t buck the authority while we were there, but we did live and speak to others of living relationally with Christ ourselves and lifted Him up as preeminent. The first time we were threatened from the pulpit and told God would judge us. The second time was a precious precious time of realizing what was being done to us was what happened to Christ. Don’t get me wrong, it was extremely hard, but very sweet to realize and see things spiritually how we were walking through being crucified just like it happened to Christ. We left there being told from the pulpit that we deserved to be stoned and we were labeled thieves and wolves. It’s been six years. We’ve been meeting in our home ever since. Then last year I had my stroke. It was, of course, “God’s judgment” on me because we were unsubmissive to leadership, and didn’t believe the bible was our authority, and believed hearing Christ, the Word, through the Spirit was above that. So be it, if that’s how they want to interpret it. I’ve never seen it that way, but have always known from the start what God’s purpose was/is, and I bow to that and to His wisdom. Anyway, sorry this is so long, but thank you for your boldness to stand for these truths. It’s very encouraging to hear of others who believe the same. 💚

    • Wow Mary, thanks for sharing that portion of your journey in Christ with us. YOu will certainly be in my prayers. Where are you located? Perhaps we can meet face to face someday?

  2. We’re in Oklahoma, Chris. The church stuff happened in Kansas. God moved us down here, near Bartlesville, about 4years ago.

  3. Rich Chamberlin permalink

    It is the 21st century – how can any, in this enlightened day, not see entire organization copied Jewish practice, and attitudes.rather than breaking free of it? That those out of “churches are more Christ like than those in? Meeting with FBC pastor today. My point – nothing wrong with that congregation that a little Christianity wouldn’t cure!

  4. Dave permalink

    Thanks Chris, I concur with what the spirit has led you to share. These truths are for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, Blessings

  5. The way I see it is that the Bible reveals God’s Heart towards mankind and also mankind’s heart towards God.
    This then, when we see the glaring problem, Should send us running into the arms of Jesus the Christ, who is so clearly pointed to by the scripture as the only one/way to reconcile our broken relationship with God.
    Then, once we have, through Christ, started on the new path of restoring our relationship with Father God, the Bible is a good reminder, especially when we get off track, of all that again. What it is not, is an end in itself. No it shows how things are, and how they should be and then points to JESUS CHRIST as the way to get to where we need to be.

    • It is then interesting that Jesus first shows us by example of how to maintain a perfect relationship with Father God… then does a disappearing act and leaves us with His/God’s, Holy Spirit, explaining that the way He, Jesus, lived his life in perfect obedience th the Father was by that same Holy Spirit… And he leaves us in no doubt that the only way now for us is via full trust in God’s provision for us His Holy Spirit… And that is the only way to full perfect maturity as Sons of God.
      We have been given ALL that Jesus was Given…. There are no excuses.

      • Yes Mike, I also believe that Jesus was fully human here on earth having emptied Himself of Godlike powers so HE could walk and experience life here as a mere mortal. He was not a superhuman in any way, in fact He was quite common. The only way He could be a true example to us was to be fully human and susceptible to temptation and sin. HE is our example of how to live a Spirit filled life victorious in Christ. We have full access to the power of the Holy Spirit when we walk fully surrendered to Christ while denying our flesh and earthly ambitions. Like you said, we have no excuse. Jesus said we would do even greater things than HE did here on earth and together as a BODY I believe we can.

  6. daryl permalink

    Paul did say to the Thessalonians,concerning the gospel,”and we also thank God continually because when you received the word of God,which you heard from us,you accepted it not as the word of men,but as it actually is,the word of God,which is at work in you who believe”(1 Thess.1:13).So the gospel is spoken of as the word of God.Jesus rebuked some Pharisees and teachers of the law for nullifying the word of God for the sake of their tradition(Mt. ch.15)So Jesus referred various times to various scriptures as the word of God. I completely agree in choosing freedom and life of the Spirit over law living,but i see that as the word of God.,something the Holy Spirit alone can even cause one to realize. The word of God is certainly abused by some who claim to be “standing on the truth of Gods word”,and it must grieve the Holy Spirit. I am sorry for you ,maryb for the mistreatment you suffered and will pray for you.

    • daryl, I am certain that the scriptures are not The Word of God. John chapter one shows us clearly that Jesus is The Word of God and so does Revelation 19:13. The bible certainly contains God’s words, but “The Word Of God” is a person and HIs name is Jesus.

      • Ashley permalink

        I’ve seen the same thing that Daryl talks about. Something other than Jesus being spoken of as “the word of God.” What do you think of those scriptures then he spoke of?

      • daryl permalink

        I’m sure we agree more than we don’t .P.eople can say they live by the word of God or the bible and then act very contrary to Jesus and really have no sense of the leading of the Holy Spirit.Likewise,people can say they just follow Jesus and the Spirits leading yet their daily life is very contrary to how scripture says a believer should do that. Certainly Jesus is the Word of God.One of my favorite verses is John 6:63…”the Spirit gives life;the flesh counts for nothing.The words I have spoken to you (some of which we have in our bibles)are spirit and they are life”..For the unbeliever these words mean little.For those who are saved,they are precious.

  7. I know there is much debate about the difference between Rhema and Logos and then the Hebrew word Dabur. However, I hate debate as it divides and does not join. So I will avoid those three words. And rather Go with what is on my Heart.

  8. I hear you daryl and I know we agree on much where it comes to our common faith in Christ.

  9. Thanks for the question Ashley. I believe when Paul said he spoke the Word of God to others meant that he spoke Christ to them with the words given him by the Holy Spirit. Paul did not go around preaching the Old testament law that is for sure and the New Testament had not been yet written.

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