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God's Word IS the Final Authority

Text: 2 Tim. 3:14 - 17
Introduction: We are living in a day where there seems to be the absence of absolute final authority. People are confused and mixed up about everything under the sun. What is the truth people are always seeking? This morning's message will hopefully clarify this subject.
I. A Believer Must Live In The Scriptures - V. 14
A. Timothy had been taught the Scriptures all of his life. When he was only a child, his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois had rooted him in the Scriptures. They were both strong believers in the Lord. Paul had also grounded Timothy in the Scriptures. But note a most critical point:
1. It is not enough to have learned the Scripture.
2. It is not enough to be assured that the teachings of Scripture are true.
3. It is not enough to know that your teachers teach the truth.
B. Timothy knew all this. He had learned the Scriptures and he had found the
Scriptures to be true. The claims and promises of Scripture had worked in his
own life. Timothy also knew his teachers; their lives bore testimony to the truth of Scripture. But this was not enough.
Note the word “continue” (mene PWS: 763). It means to abide, dwell, remain,
and stay in the Scripture. Simply stated, Timothy had to live in the Scripture—
live, move, and have his being in the Scripture. And more, he had to live out the
Scripture—continue to walk and live in the truths of the Scripture. He had to do
what Scripture said.
II. Scripture Makes A Person Wise Unto Salvation - V. 15
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
A. Holy Scripture tell us how we can be saved through God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. No other book reveals this to man. The only wisdom that can ever save this world is the wisdom of God Himself, and that wisdom is found in His Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible.
III. Scripture Is Inspired By God - V. 16
A. This is an extremely important verse in understanding the nature of Scripture,
that is, in understanding just what the Scripture is, its nature and authority. Note
several facts.
1. Paul was, of course, referring to the Old Testament Scriptures; the New
Testament Scriptures had not yet been completed. However, this passage is
certainly applicable to the New Testament.
The point is this: all Scripture—both the Old and New Testament—is inspired
by God.
The phrase “inspired of God” (theopneustos PWS: 2165) means God-breathed.
What does this mean? What does it mean to say that God breathed the Holy Scriptures?
The idea is that God breathed out the Scripture or God produced the
Scripture somewhat like He did creation.
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all
the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6).
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men spoke as they were moved or carried forth by the Holy Ghost, 2 Peter 1:21.
The prophets and apostles did not speak from themselves, but what they received of the Lord that they delivered unto us”

A. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21)
B. The writers of the Old Testament claim that the Bible is the Word of God
C. The writers of the New Testament claim that the Bible is the Word of God.
(1 Cor. 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.
D. Jesus Christ claims that the Bible is the Word of God.
Mark 7:6-9,13 Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.  13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
IV. The Bible is absolutely trustworthy - The Final Authority!
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Mat. 24:35
 It should be the basis for all of our beliefs and doctrines.

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