Dearest hijas and hijo,
As a reminder, the Word of God claims for itself:
- Divine origin
We’re investigating the question of whether Scripture has claims on truth. Is it some truth, all truth? What are the categories of truth? We touched on infallibility and inerrancy, as well as God’s Word being determinative last time. so lets look at authoritativeness. Why is it that Scripture claims to be authoritative and what implications does that have for us as individuals and on the nature of truth? Remember, it is obedience to the Word of God that is the validation you are a Christian. Let me say that again, “the validation or proof that you are in the family of faith is your obedience or non-obedience to the Scriptures.” Jesus says in Matt. 7:24-27 that is not those who just hear His words, but the one who ‘acts’ upon them—who implements His words into the warp and woof of their daily life and is obedient to them who will be the wise builder on the foundation of bedrock instead of sand. Those who only ‘hear’ but don’t ‘do’ are destroyed, and great is their fall (hell and lake of fire) (v.27). Standing in front of Christ on that day saying, “but, but, Lord Lord, didn’t we… (empty words and empty hearts), and He will say to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness” (not all who think they’re in, are in) (Matt. 7:21-23).
So what is authority? In its basic definition it means ‘the power or right to do something’. Does God’s Word have this power and right? I mean, that’s the question, right? How am I convinced that God’s Word has authority over me? How am I certain that God’s words conveyed to me in this book are truly His words and therefore has rightful claim to speak truth to me that I need to listen to and obey? And remember, we’re not talking about a written text in the abstract, as if it just stands all alone by itself, but we’re addressing the question of the person (God) behind that text. Psalms 62:11 says, “One thing God has spoken; Twice I have heard this; That power belongs to God.” 2 Chron. 20:6 states, “…Power and might are in Thy hand so that no one can stand against Thee.”
This matter of authority rests in God Himself and His attributes as the Scriptures themselves state: omnipresence (Ps. 139: 7-12), omniscience (Ps. 139: 1-6), omnipotence (Ps. 135:6, Jer. 32:17), unsearchable wisdom (Rom. 11: 33-36), sovereignty over His created universe (Ps. 89:11, 90:2), righteousness (Ps. 92:15). How does God’s authority then come through to you and I?—through God’s words to us as recorded in His God-breathed book (2 Tim. 3:16). The words in Scripture have authority because of the authority of the God who spoke them, God-breathed them, and stands behind them. When God speaks everybody better listen.
- The outworking of God’s authority in Scripture can be summarized by a series of negative (what it is not) and positive (what it is) statements, as follows:
- It is not derived authority bestowed by humans; rather, it is the original authority of God.
- It does not change with the times, the culture, the nation, or the ethnic background; rather, it is the unalterable authority of God.
- It is not one authority among many possible spiritual authorities; rather, it is the exclusive spiritual authority of God.
- It is not an authority that can be successfully challenged or rightfully overthrown; rather, it is the permanent authority of God.
- It is not a relativistic or subordinate authority; rather, it is the ultimate authority of God.
- It is not merely a suggestive authority; rather, it is the obligatory authority of God.
- It is not a benign authority in its outcome; rather, it is the consequential authority of God.
(the above from Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth; Gen.Eds. John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; 2017; p. 107)
Men and women in their sin and depravity will always fundamentally rebel against the Word of God as the truth expressing God’s right to exercise absolute power and authority over them. You, mis hijas y hijo, coming from darkness into the light, can trust it, have confidence in it, use it and speak to it, memorize it and teach it to your mind, share it with others, and be certain of its claims to have the right to exercise authority over your life because of the One who stands behind it. May you seek the LORD and His strength; May you seek His face continually. May you remember His wonders which He has done, and His marvels, and the judgments uttered by His mouth (Ps. 105:4-5).
LISTEN, O HEAVENS, AND HEAR, O EARTH; FOR THE LORD SPEAKS… (Is. 1:2)
I AM THE LORD, THAT IS MY NAME; I WILL NOT GIVE MY GLORY TO ANOTHER, NOR MY PRAISE TO GRAVEN IMAGES (Is. 42:8)
EVEN FROM ETERNITY I AM HE; AND THERE IS NONE WHO CAN DELIVER OUT OF MY HAND; I ACT AND WHO CAN REVERSE IT? (Is. 43:13).
All my love,
Vaya con Dios!