“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of October 21-27, 2019: “Here Is Your Reliable Source” … 2 Timothy
If you were to study the teachings of the Christian Faith at one of our Church body’s colleges or seminaries, the first thing you would learn would not be about the works of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Nor would you learn first about man, his fall into sin, and his redemption. Instead, you would first learn about the inspiration and authority of Holy Scripture.
But you might ask, “Isn’t this putting ‘the cart before the horse’?” Not at all! Think about the work of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as being like a news story. Now you wouldn’t run a news story in the newspaper, or over the radio, or on T.V. unless you first had reliable sources. When it comes to the “ultimate news story” of our salvationhow God is for uswe need, first, to have a reliable source.
We find this reliable source in sixty-six books, written by forty human writers over a period of 1,500 years. All these books agree with each other. All these books have been brought together by the hand of God Himself. In the Holy Scriptures, here is your reliable source. The Apostle Paul writes, in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God breathed and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
It is this Word, taken from the Holy Bible alone, that Paul charged Timothy to preach and teach (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Some will receive what this Word has to say about God, sin, grace, and salvation. Other will reject it and turn their “itching ears”, as they did in Paul’s day, towards teachers who suit their own passions and various myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4). We are warned, in Revelation 22, not to add or subtract from the words of Scripture. John also tells us, about the Bible’s words, that, “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life is His Name” (John 20:31).
Yes, in Holy Scripture, here is your reliable source which gives to us the “Good News story” of our always reliable Savior that we have in Jesus Christ!
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