Archive for February, 2014

Revelation 20:12 And Sola Scriptura

February 21, 2014

Revelation 20:12 reads “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, … and I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened … and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

On the judgment day, our personal works will be compared to the laws written in the books, obviously the books of the Bible – as other scriptures show the object our works will be compared to is God’s revelation about how we should conduct ourselves in this life:

· John 12:48 … the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

· Rom 2:16 when God shall judge the secrets of men … according to my gospel.

· James 2:12 … judged by the law of liberty.

So John 12:48, Rom 2:16, and James 2:12 teach we will be judged by God’s revelation, and Rev 20:12 details that it will be by written revelation. That contradicts the Catholic theory that we will be judged by the written scriptures plus what the Pope says ex-cathedra plus church tradition.

To summarize, we are going to be judged by the things written in the Bible:

· not by Catholic Church tradition

· not by what the Pope and his Cardinals say

Sola Scriptura – the Bible is our sole authority.

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Jude 3 – God’s New Covenant Law Was Once For All Delivered

February 14, 2014

Besides II Tim 3:16-17, another passage which implies the written scriptures are our sole authority in religion is Jude verse 3. It reads “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (NKJV)

“The faith” here is what Paul preached (Gal 1:23), our rule of faith, the gospel, the new covenant law. Based upon I Cor 13:8-13 (see Doctrine Matters message two weeks ago), the faith was delivered to the saints first in parts and pieces in oral form (prophecies, tongues, etc.), and then was gradually transitioned over to written in completion. The point of Jude 3 is that the faith was delivered “once for all” time. It was not going to be an ongoing delivery (revelation) all throughout the whole Christian dispensation (thru the Pope or any “Pentecostal” preacher).

Conclusion: God’s New Testament law is complete in the New Testament – Sola Scriptura.

Galatians 3:15 And Sola Scriptura

February 7, 2014

In talking about God’s covenant with Abraham, Gal 3:15 reads, “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.” The point was that once the covenant with Abraham was confirmed, even the law of Moses (which came some 430 years later), cannot disannul or change that prior covenant (verse 17). Since Paul made that statement about covenants in general, let’s apply it to the New Covenant on the issue of Sola Scriptura, that is, whether or not the written scriptures are our sole authority in religion.

The new covenant was in the process of being confirmed with miracles in the first century:

· Hebrews 2:3-4 … so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost …

· Mark 16:17-20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

But according to I Corinthians 13:8-10, the miraculous gifts (which were used to confirm the new covenant) have ceased (see last week’s “Doctrine Matters” message), therefore the new covenant is both complete and confirmed (past tense). So then according to God’s Gal 3:15 rule, no man should add thereto – to God’s New Testament law. That rules out the Catholic idea of the Pope and church tradition being on equal footing with the scriptures in regard to religious authority.

That means the Catholic church is in violation of the Rev 22:18-19 principle which reads, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words … of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life ….”