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Foundations - Our Final Authority (part 1)

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1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, 

because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, 

ye received it not as the word of men, 

but as it is in truth, the word of God, 

which effectually worketh also in you that believe.



What is the "authority" in your life

Those who believe something must have a reason for their beliefs. 


the Christian needs an absolute standard for his beliefs, his duties - indeed, his whole conduct.


Many people have as their authority their inner CONSCIENCE. 

                "Let your conscience be your guide!" they say. 


This sounds good, but:

& Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?


Can we trust our  mind or conscience ?

&Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.


Why not trust our conscience? 

& 1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

& 1 Corinthians 8:7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.


Other people, especially religious folk, have the 'CHURCH' or man-made CREEDS as their authority. Again, such standards are unreliable - because  man is involved. 


& Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.


& Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

&Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.


For the Christian, only the BIBLE, the Word of God, is the unchanging authority for faith and practice.



The Bible is a collection of  66 books, 

divided into two major sections, the Old  Testament (39 books) and New Testament (27 books).


Other names given to the Bible are:

& Romans 10:17…….. the word of God.

& 2 Timothy 3:15 …..the holy scriptures,   


The Books of the Bible are not arranged chronologically, but rather "topically." 

Both the Testaments have their Books set in groups,….


                                                LAW                      Genesis -Deuteronomy


                                                HISTORY              Joshua -Esther


                                                WISDOM              Job-Song Of Solomon


                                                PROPHECY           MAJOR - Isaiah-Daniel


                                                PROPHECY           MINOR  - Hosea - Malachi


From the close of the Old Testament (Malachi) to the birth of Jesus Christ  (Matthew), over 400 years transpired. These years are called the "Silent Years."



                                                GOSPELS                Matthew -John

                                                HISTORY              Acts


                                                PAULINE              Romans-Philemon



                                                GENERAL             Hebrews-Jude


                                                PROPHECY           The Revelation



The Bible is not just a book, it is THE BOOK - different from any other book that has or will be written. 


The Bible is a  SUPERNATURAL Book because of the way in which God gave it to mankind.


Our Bible came from God

& 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.


1. It wasn't made up by men.  “came not by the will of men”

2. Men of God wrote the Bible.“holy men  of God spake”

3. God authored the Bible.  “ moved by the Holy Ghost”


God used human writers to pen His Words. 

God used about 40 different men from all walks of life to write down the Bible. 

This was accomplished over a period of some 1,600 years. 

Most of the Old Testament was originally written in HEBREW. 

The New Testament was originally written in GREEK.


God authored the Bible through INSPIRATION




Because the Bible is the INSPIRED Word of God, it is the authority for all we believe and do.


God has inspired the very words (not just ideas and thoughts). 

& Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 

Why its important… Its how we judge “spiritual things”


&  1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.


BEWARE of men who say, "The Bible CONTAINS the Word of God," meaning there are parts of it which are not God's Word.


How much of the Bible is inspired?

& 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:


How long does it endure?

& Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.


While there are many “versions” of the Bible, I stick with the time tested and proven King James Version.


It is the only translation into any language that has remained use for over 400 years