Article 1 | The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

  • God spoke & Moses responded by treasuring His words through writing >> Exodus 24:4 | And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • God calls us to respond in obedience to His word, not to add to it, & the result is life >> Deuteronomy 4:1-2 | And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.
  • Reading & responding to God’s Word with faith & obedience is what it means to fear the Lord >> Deuteronomy 17:19 | And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them,
  • God’s Word brings blessing to those who submit, but punishment & curses on those who reject it >> Joshua 8:34 | And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.
  • God’s Word is desirable & perfect to teach, to purify, to sustain, to make righteous >> Psalm 19:7-10 | The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
  • When we walk in God’s Word, we experience the benefits of pure & steadfast fellowship with the Lord >> Psalm 119:11, 89, 105, 140 | I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you…Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens…Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
  • God speaks His Word & the Spirit confirms it >> Isaiah 34:16 | Seek and read from the book of the Lord: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them.
  • God’s Word will never fail >> Isaiah 40:8 | The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
  • God’s Words are a joy & a delight because they help us seek & see God >> Jeremiah 15:16 | Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.
  • God’s Words should be heeded, not discarded >> Jeremiah 36:1-32 >> This chapter recounts the story where the king burns Jeremiah’s scroll on which he had written the words that God had given to him.
  • Jesus came to fulfill God’s Word, not to do away with it >> Matthew 5:17-18 | Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
  • Knowing the Scriptures is the true source of knowing God >> Matthew 22:29 | But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.
  • The Word of God is eternal >> Luke 21:33 | Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
  • Understanding of God’s Word comes from God >> Luke 24:44-46 | Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
  • All of God’s Word was written to point us to Jesus >> John 5:39 | You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
  • The Holy Spirit of God uses the Word of God as His tool to build believers >>  John 16:13-15 | When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
  • Christians need God’s truth to be sanctified >> John 17:17 | Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
  • Through the faithful exposition & preaching of the Word we encounter God’s transforming power >> Acts 2:16-47 >> Peter preaches at Pentecost &, by the power of the Holy Spirit, points to the truth of the OT foretelling & confirming the coming of Jesus.
  • The commendable response of the one who hears God’s Word is not to believe in blind faith, but to compare it with their own study of Scripture to see if it is true >> Acts 17:11 | Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
  • It is through Scripture that we find encouragement & hope about how we are to live by faith >> Romans 15:4 | For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
  • What has been made known to us in the Scriptures will strengthen us & help us understand faithful obedience >> Romans 16:25-26 | Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—
  • Scripture comes from God to accomplish His purposes >> 2 Timothy 3:15-17 | and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
  • Ultimately, all revelation from God is meant to lead us to Jesus >> Hebrews 1:1-2 | Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
  • God’s Word is self-confirming through the way it penetrates & dissects human nature >> Hebrews 4:12 | 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.
  • God’s Word is good news to all people at all times >> 1 Peter 1:25 | but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
  • God gave us His Words by speaking through Spirit-filled men who had been anointed to fulfill this purpose >> 2 Peter 1:19-21 | And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention has to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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