Our underlying problems with God, for Christians and non-Christians, have little to do with our inability to believe, and everything to do with what we want. Our desires, passions and wishes drive our will and intellect.
The following is an excerpt from Pastor David Fairchild’s sermon on Sola Scriptura from Sunday, October 29th.
God’s Word is Inspired
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
God inspired all of Scripture and it is profitable for us. Every word from Genesis to Revelation was breathed by God. It is not men’s words, but God, as 2 Peter 1:21 tells us, carried along the writers by the Holy Spirit. He used their language, their understand, their abilities, all to communicate His Word to His people.
God’s Word is Authoritative
“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. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12–13).
Since the Word is inspired by God, they carry His authority. In fact, the word is how God exercising His authority. His life-giving rule, His gracious and healing reign.
God’s Word is Clear
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:6–7).
Through history, the clarity of Scripture has been undermined so that only the religious elites could understand it. But the Word was written so that mom and dad could teach their children in confidence that what God said, we could understand in our language, and what God has done and is doing, is knowable, not because of our genius but because of His willingness to speak to us so that we can understand.
God’s Word is Trustworthy
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).
God’s word can be trusted. It is reliable and does not fail. Jesus clearly prays, “your word is truth.” There need not be any greater testimony of the trustworthiness and truthfulness of God’s word than what Jesus says.
God’s Word is all about Jesus
Jesus affirmed Abel, Noah and the flood, Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot, Isaac and Jacob, Jonah, Daniel and Isaiah. He said Moses wrote the Torah, Isaiah wrote Isaiah, Jonah wrote Jonah, and Daniel wrote Daniel. He constantly quoted the Old Testament. Jesus quoted God’s word when confronting Satan. Jesus said “man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
Jesus obeyed, spoke, lived, and fulfilled Scripture. He is the Word of God.
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me…” (John 5:39).
“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.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures…” (Luke 24:44–45).
It’s important for us to understand that memorizing, studying, and teaching God’s Word isn’t enough. This was the problem of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They knew how to study and learn, but not how to listen and love the Lord. The Bible is intended to bring us to a person, His name is Jesus.