I Follow A Person, Not A Book
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
Jesus said, “You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24: 48-49
Recently while reading my bible ( Yes I do this often regardless of anything others might think) and these two passages really spoke to me. Please notice that ALL AUTHORITY has been given to Jesus. If this is true, which it is, the bible has absolutely NO authority of its own. This is funny (funny SAD, not funny ha ha) because most Christians and “churches” out there say that the bible is their Sole Authority in life and in matters of faith and practice. Most look to the book to find their answers, when they really should be looking directly to Jesus for any and all guidance and answers. To look to the book first and foremost denies Jesus of His rightful place as our sole Authority, Guide and Lord.
Now having said that I will also fully acknowledge that Jesus and His Spirit will often times lead us to the bible for guidance and answers. But the book itself without the illumination of Jesus and the Holy Spirit has absolutely no value or authority in anyone’s life; other than value as a piece of historical literature. If you want to speak with authority speak only with the words that Jesus gives you at any given moment in life. Quoting scriptures at people devoid of Christ and Spirit does no one any good at any moment.
Jesus is the SOLE AUTHORITY in the life of a Christ follower and He uses the Holy Spirit to empower us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received. Jesus via the Spirit can grant us all the power, authority and influence we need to live life to its fullest while serving Him and others along the way. The true great treasure is found within us, not between the pages of some Holy book.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the bible and HE leads me to read it almost every day. But I do so understanding that true Life and Light come only from Him and no other source. We are truly not to go anywhere or do anything unless we do so with the Spirit’s leading and empowerment. We should do absolutely nothing in our own strength, power or leading. Jesus is The Word of God and we should seek to serve and follow only Him. I follow a Person, not a book. However, He may speak to me in any manner He desires…including from the well worn pages.
Kirk Out !