There is a commercial out today for straight talk wireless that makes a statement something to the effect of, don’t just take our word for it, just listen this man with a British accent at which point he repeats the statement or says it’s true. The point of this is to get us to believe what is being said simply because this particular person said so. My question is, what makes him the expert or authority on the validity or truth of this statement.
This concept got me thinking about what so many preachers try to teach their congregation and those they work with. They (and myself included) remind the listeners that just because they are the ones making a statement is no reason to just take their(or my ) word for it. They need to go to the authority on the subject and verify it. The reason we should listen to and act upon what a preacher or teacher says is because they are speaking from the ultimate authority which is God and His word.
Consider some of the following:
New Testament Testimony of the Authority of the Old Testament
- Jesus said: “scripture cannot be broken” in John 10:35.
- Jesus answered Satan’s attacks by quoting scripture and saying “it is written” or “it stands on record”. Matthew 4:4,7,10
- Jesus and the New Testament calls the Old Testament scripture. Matthew 21:42; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 3:16
- Jesus said not even the smallest part could be broken. Matthew 5:18
- Hebrews 5:12 calls the written record the oracles of God
- Old Testament scriptures are: sacred (2 Timothy 3:15), holy (Romans 1:2) inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16), need to be read (Matthew 21:42);
New Testament Testimony of the Authority of the New Testament
- 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is breathed of God and is profitable for teaching, correction, rebuke, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be equipped for every good work.”
- Paul said his words to them were the Word of God 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:1; 2 ~Corinthians 5:20
- Paul spoke not in words taught him by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit 1 Corinthians 2:13
Mt 18:20 says, “18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Jesus Christ made it very clear that God the Father had given Him all authority and He spoke and commanded the words of His Father God.
Let us learn from the example of this cell phone commercial and recognize we cannot take spiritual statements as truth simply because someone has said so, we must make sure that what they are speaking is what is taught in scripture. If they are not, don’t believe it and don’t follow it.