Paul was very clear about the authority and sufficiency of God’s Word. In the same way that Paul faced false teachers who elevated their teaching above Scripture and the voice of the Holy Spirit, we must rely on the authority of Scripture to stand in the pure gospel. Paul expressed his concern by saying, “I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). As you consider the following verses, ask yourself how God’s Word is being used in this way to strengthen and protect His truth in you with purity.
· Ephesians 6:17 – “The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
· 2 Thessalonians 2:13 - “Sanctification [is] by the Spirit and belief in the truth [the Word].”
· 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
That last reference requires careful and prayerful thought for application. The very nature of God’s Word is sufficient to make one “complete and equipped” for everything God has called us to do. Those who say ‘you must…’ and add some extra-biblical requirement in order to serve the Lord do not know the power and sufficiency of His Word or the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to “teach [us] all things” (John 14:26).
What joy fills the heart when this truth is fully accepted!
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