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The Authority of Scripture

The importance of something is seen by how much emphasis it’s given.  God has emphasized the importance of His Word more than anything else He could have emphasized.  Consider Psalm 119; Colossians 3:16-17.

I.    WORD OF CHRIST

A.    The authority (name) of the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48).
B.    The authority of His ambassadors (Acts 4:7, 10, 18-20).
1.    Both carry equal weight (Matt 17:5; Acts 3:22; John 16:13).

II.    BIBLE

A.    All Scripture (2 Tim 3:16-17).
B.    Books of Moses (Exo 4:12).
C.    Psalms (2 Sam 23:2).
D.    Prophets (2 Pet 1:21).

III.    SCRIPTURES

A.    Jesus explained (Luke 24:27).
B.    Jesus quoted (Luke 17:26-32; Matt 12:39-40).

IV.    WORD OF GOD

A.    Divergent views:
1.    Incomplete, irrelevant, slightly profitable.
B.    Accurate view:
1.    Complete and final (2 Pet 1:3; 1 Cor 2:11-13; Jude 3).
2.    One and only (Eph 4:5).

Jesus made promises relating to His word in the Bible: Teach them, and I will be with you (cf. Matt 28:20).  Abide in them, and I will answer you (cf. John 15:7). Keep them, for they will judge you (cf. John 12:48).