SCRIPTURE ALONE

SCRIPTURE ALONE

2Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

It never ceases to amaze me how people look everywhere other than God’s written Word for guidance and instruction. From horoscopes to fortunetellers, from popes to so called prophets, everyone is looking for a word. One of the great teachings of the protestant reformation was the importance of the written word. Probably Luther’s greatest accomplishment was his translation of the Bible into German. It had been hundreds of years since the Bible was available in the language of the people. Luther saw the importance of the written word and would not rest until he completed his translation. William Tyndale, inspired and influenced by Luther, translated the Bible into common English. Tyndale’s translation of the Bible greatly influenced the English speaking world. His New Testament is clearly seen in all of the English translations up to the current day. Tyndale’s grasp of the English language actually shaped the way English has been spoken since his time. William Tyndale paid a great price for his accomplishments. He was burned at the stake because of his work. Here is a quote from John Piper speaking of Luther’s emphasis on the written word.

“One of the great rediscoveries of the Reformation—especially of Martin Luther—was that the Word of God comes to us in the form of a book. In other words, Luther grasped this powerful fact: God preserves the experience of salvation and holiness from generation to generation by means of a book of revelation, not a bishop in Rome, and not the ecstasies of Thomas Muenzer and the Zwickau prophets. The Word of God comes to us in a book. This rediscovery shaped Luther and the Reformation.”

It’s funny, as much as our world has changed, nothing has changed at all. We are still looking to “bishops” to hear from God for us and just as in Luther’s day, we have our share of “modern day prophets”. Just because someone has a title or has a television ministry or even pastors a church does not mean they are a spokesman for God. The only way we can really know if we hear from God or if a prophetic word given to us is accurate is if it has the backing of scripture. The final authority in all matters is God’s written word. If you have an “impression in your spirit” or if “a word has been spoken over you”, you must confirm that word with the scripture. The scripture is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. The world is a dark and confusing place. False prophets with improper motives only make it darker. Thankfully, as Peter said, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

4 Replies to “SCRIPTURE ALONE”

  1. Gods word will never return void but will accomplish Gods will in all its entireity, we can be assured of this. the word clenses us all, brings us closer to thee Lord, changes our very life as we yeild to it. no one that messes with Gods word will be found inocent unless they repent and get right with the Lord, The late Dav id wilkerson proffettzised that in the times ahead there would be a famine of the word of God in this nation and other nations, people are too busy or selfish to read it for themselves, many are changein g the word to fit what they want sorta tailer making it for their needs and not the Lords will, in so doing this the word has little effect on those. If any come to the Lords word in a good heart right with him the word is life if not then not much will be going on. We have been very blessed with his word, im thankful that they got this word to us some were killed for doin g this, Its a sadening deal when people change his word, leave it out or deceive by taking it out of contezt they will answer for doing this, many bad false teachings out there because someone messed with Gods word, and many have suffered for this instead of ministering life it is causeing many bad things I beleive in letting the word stand for itself and the message God wants us to have, we need to change not change his word but let it change us!

  2. Interesting that this scripture came up. was discussing this very scripture with my brother a day or two ago. I want to take time to study the word – correction. may not be the meaning that first comes to my mind. Strong’s G1882 – epanorthōsis I will write my findings once I settle down and devote a bit of time to looking into this \o/ empty hands raised high.

  3. Thank God for HIS WORD! Sometimes people will walk up and say that they have a word for me.Other times a person will just come out with it-when the latter happens, It’s comfirmation of what God has has already impressed upon my heart.I’m sure that I’m not the only one that don’t always heed to what I’m told, but in due time a word spoken from God, always comes to past. This I know for sure…

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