It Is Written: On the Authority of Scripture

The Bible is God’s revelation of himself to the world. The scriptures contain the word of God. There is no other authority on Earth but the Word of God. No priest, no cardinal, and no pope can intercede between man and God. There is but one priest who can intercede between God and Man. That priest is our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, who was crucified and died in our place for our sins, was resurrected, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. The word of God is contained not in any treatise contrived at the Vatican, not in any papal declaration. Not in the Westminster Confession of Faith. Not in any catechism. Not in the writings of Martin Luther, the sermons of Joyce Meyer, or the preaching of Billy Graham, but in the Holy Scripture and in Scripture alone.

In his second letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul tells us:
..since childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through the faith that is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. [2 Tim 3:15-17].

And in 2 TIm 2:
Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

In the first half of Matthew Chapter 4, we see Jesus being tempted in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights. Anything in [] brackets is commentary inserted by me.

Verse 3 (Modern English Version):
And the tempter [Satan] came to Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones be turned into bread.”

In Verse 4, Jesus responds:
It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” [that’s Deuteronomy 8:3 he’s quoting].

As an aside, If you have an NIV, ESV, or NASB bible, that last part of verse 4 is left out. Sometimes it is mentioned in the footnotes This is because most modern translations use a different set of manuscripts in their New Testament Translation. I disagree with the reasoning for using those manuscripts, because they omit important parts of scripture. (more on that in a future lesson). For that reason, I will present Scripture from the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Modern English Version, or the Geneva Bible.

Moving right along, in Verses 5 and 6,

..the devil took Him [Jesus] up into the holy city, and set Him on the highest point of the temple, 6and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written,

   ‘He shall give His angels charge concerning you,

and

    ‘In their hands they shall lift you up,
   lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. [Psalm 91:11-12].

Jesus answers in Verse 7:
It is also written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” You may have also read that in some other Bibles as “You shall not put the lord your God to the test”. [Deuteronomy 6:16]

Finally, in Verses 8 and 9:
…the devil took Him [Jesus] up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur, and said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me. ”

Jesus’ response in Verse 10:
“Get away from here, Satan!” [or, as the King James Version has it: “Get thee hence, Satan!”] For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’ [Deuteronomy 6:13].

Jesus and Satan didn’t back their arguments up with what Tradition was, what the High Priest said, or what the Sadducees or the Pharisees thought, but what is written in scripture. And it’s interesting to note that no matter how Satan twisted the psalms, Jesus responded with the plainly written Law of God, which is nicely summarized in the book of Deuteronomy, which was essentially Moses’ summation to the world before he died.

It is Scripture, and Scripture alone that is the written word of God and it is through the lens of Scripture and Scripture alone that we should view the world and God’s plan for us.

In our next lesson, we will discuss what it is God expects from us, as expressed by Jesus Christ himself. Stay tuned.

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  1. Love love love it and I so needed this. I am under spiritual attack right now and I know that it is thru the word alone and thru God that I am going to be able to battle the enemy and make Him flee!!!

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