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March 9, 2019

The Authority of God’s Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)

In order to understand the power and truth in the Word of God, we need to come to the realization that the Bible is more than ink on a page capturing ancient fables. We know, as stated in the verses above that Jesus is the Word, and that the Word was God. Jesus then, is God. Not the visual concept of what God is like, but the exact imprint of God’s nature (Philippians 2:6).

So then, we see that Jesus is our supreme authority. As a matter of fact, He says this about himself: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:18).

Author William Webster says that “since Jesus is God, then all that He teaches must be true and authoritative. Jesus clearly taught that Scripture is inspired by God. He regarded it as truth—infallible, inerrant, historically reliable, authoritative for living, and an all-sufficient rule of faith. From beginning to end, Christ’s life and ministry were governed by the authority of Scripture. As well as testifying to the truth of the Scriptures by submitting himself to their authority, Christ also declared their inspiration as he fulfilled in his life, death and resurrection the Messianic prophecies they contained.”

A book of poetry, songs, moral sayings, philosophy, and historical records may be enjoyable to read and important to understand and even apply, but no such book has authority to create, redeem, and reconcile man, except one. However, each word in the Bible is authoritative, because they are the revealed and inspired portrayal of the character and function of our Creator. They pronounce His glory and proclaim His right and just actions toward us.

The Bible gives us several pictures of God’s authority, including this, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Challenge: Read the Bible as the true, living words of God Himself speaking directly to your heart and allowing them to transform your life.


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