1. The Holy Scriptures (cont.)
4. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, depends not on the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon7 God its Author (Who is Truth itself). Therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God.
5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the people of God to gain a high and reverent estimation of the Holy Scriptures. We may be similarly affected by the nature of the Scriptures—the heavenliness of the contents, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to God, the full disclosure it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, together with many other incomparable excellencies and entire perfections. By all the evidence the Scripture more than proves itself to be the Word of God.
Yet, notwithstanding this, our8 full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth of Scripture and its divine authority, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.
72 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 5:9
8John 16:13,14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 1 John 2:20, 27
This last Saturday The Little Pauper and I were discussing the secrets of the
universe – like the best time to buy an Icee if you were taking a trip.
Referring to a jaunt I would be taking the next day she suggested I should
consider purchasing an Icee for the trip right then. To which I replied that if
I did that it would not be an Icee anymore because the Icee would melt. At which
point she responded, “Yeah, and then it would be called a ‘Melt-ee’!”
(At which point I lost it laughing at such flawless logic from a 4 year-old!)
1. The Holy Scriptures (cont.)
2. Under the title of Holy Scripture (or the written Word of God) are now contained all the following books of the Old and New Testament:-
OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans. 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, l & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude, Revelation.
All these books are given by the 5inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life.
3. The books commonly called ‘The Apocrypha’ not being of6 divine inspiration, are not part of the canon or rule of Scripture and are therefore of no authority to the church of God, nor are they to be approved of or made use of any differently from other human writings.
52 Timothy 3:16
6Luke 24:27, 44; Romans 3:2
A great quote from Kelly @ GenerationCedar.com on the tidiness of your house in hospitality:
Tidy is good; perfection is hypocrisy.