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1 - O. S. ASAOLU Presented at a One-Day Gospel Meeting on Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ The Auditorium of The Church of Christ, Akoka, Lagos. Bible Authority In Relation To Salvation 1

2 Outline 1.0 Introduction 2.0What is the Bible or Scriptures? 2.1 The Source and Purpose of the Scriptures 3.0What is Salvation? 3.1 Jesus Christ, the Author of Our Salvation 4.0 What is Authority? 4.1 The Authority of Christ Examined 4.2 Establishing Bible Authority 5.0 Conclusion 2

3 Introduction The Theme of this ‘Gospel Meeting’ is ‘Come, let us reason together.’ We welcome everyone to this occasion and greatly appreciate your coming. Your presence is to fulfill a divine purpose. A meeting involves more than one person or entity, it connotes the coming together of two or more. Thus a Gospel Meeting is a forum on the good news or message of Christ. Reason means to ruminate, think and ponder over intelligently, to analyze with the mind in a logical manner in order to obtain an understanding and the best or intended results. Therefore listen, do take notes and feel free to ask questions. Let us study and reason in order to find out together what God says in His word for our benefit. 3

4 What is the Bible or Scriptures? Nature declares the existence of God as the creator -Romans 1:19- 20. Man in his natural state, without divine revelation can not comprehend God who is spiritual and outside of His creation - 1 Corinthians 2: 7-13 The Bible is the collection of written records or books called the scriptures through which God specially revealed Himself unto mankind via His chosen messengers. It is meant to be studied, and learned from, in order for us to know God and glorify Him. Its theme is the scheme of redemption in Christ. It is a book for all era, its validity has been long established by : eyewitness testimony miraculous confirmation accompanying its delivery the accuracy of its prophecies the annals of secular history the archeological excavations attesting to bible-geography the true discoveries of science in various fields of knowledge 4

5 The Source and Purpose of the Scriptures We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:19 - 21 … the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works - 2 Timothy 3:15 -17. 5

6 What is Salvation? Salvation means to be saved, delivered, rescued and preserved from danger, death or evil. It could be physical and/or spiritual. God delivers those who trust in Him from all troubles and trials: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all - Psalms 34:19. But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble - Psalms 37:39. Examples of Divine Deliverance and Salvation: Noah’s household saved from world-wide flood via the Ark as he was instructed –Gen 6-8. The significance is explained in Heb 11: 5-7 & 1 Pet 3:18-21 The Israelites firstborn saved from death via the sacrifice of the Passover lamb as instructed –Exo. 12. This typifies Jesus who is our Passover today -1 Cor 5:7 & 1 Peter 1:18-20 6

7 Jesus came to save our souls (Luke 9:56; 19:10, John 3:17) from: 1. Sin -Matthew 1:21 & John 8:34-36 2. Death and the grave -Romans 6:23, Hebrews 2:14-15 & 1 Corinthians 15:55 -57 3. Judgment and the wrath to come –John 3:36 & 1 Thess 1:10 Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to those who obey him. He made powerful declarations worthy of consideration: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me -John 5:39. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me -John 6:45. Jesus Christ, the Author of Our Salvation 7

8 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins - John 8:24. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me -John 14:6. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day -John 12:48. Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem -Luke 24:46-47. …All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen - Matthew 28:18 - 20 8

9 What is Authority? Authority may be described as ‘the right to rule or command, empowerment to act or instruct, jurisdiction to enforce or exercise dominion.’ It inherently covers the power to control, direct, punish and reward within an allowable scope. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it - Luke 7:8. Authority is needed to establish veracity, order and prevent chaos (Judges 21:22). In religious matters such as obtaining salvation, worshipping God and living a life pleasing unto Him; we must establish divine authority for our beliefs and practices. To be mistaken or deceived will result in damnation because ignorance is not an excuse in law, it is our duty to ascertain the truth -Luke 12:47-48 & Romans 2:11-16 9

10 The Authority of Christ Examined And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things -Matthew 21:23-27. This shows that in religion, we either follow God or men. Old Testament scriptures testify of Jesus but the religious leaders of His time did not recognize him –John 5:46 & Deut 18:18-19. 10

11 When we fail to obey the commandments of God we will follow the doctrines of men. Have you ever wondered whether the following passages apply to you and your religious leaders: “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men… Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” -Matthew 15:8-9, 13-14. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? -Luke 6:46 11

12 Example: The teaching about saying the Sinner’s Prayer to be born again is a doctrine of men since the Lord instructs that, ‘Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’ –John 3:1-5 Some today want to be saved by ‘faith only’ without baptism, wrongly citing ‘the thief on the cross’ – Luke 23:39-43. However, that malefactor believed, repented and confessed Christ as required then –Mk 1:15, Lk 13:3 & Mt 10:32. I wonder why those who look for pre-cross instructions do not pursue salvation as directed unto the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-24). The Lord’s final instruction unto mankind on salvation is that we must ‘believe the gospel and be baptized’ –Mk. 16:16. That is the New Testament pattern established by the Holy Spirit since the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. To worship God in spirit and truth, we must do so whole-heartedly and in accordance to His word which is the truth (John 17:17). 12

13 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ …And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” -Colossians 2:8 & 3:17 The great commission in Mt 28 is imperative because Jesus is the only saviour whose words must be taught and obeyed: ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved’ –Acts 4:12 To do anything ‘in the name of Christ’ means to do it by His authority or permission. It is specious, presumptuous, speculative and erroneous to claim to do something with Jesus’ approval if such does not stand up to Bible scrutiny. Such would be unscriptural or “not in accordance with the expressed will and harmonized word of God, as revealed in the sixty-six books of the Bible in general and authorized by the New Testament (NT) in particular” 13

14 God the Father identified Jesus as the Saviour to the public at His baptism (Mt 3:13-17) and to His disciples at His transfiguration, indicating the supremacy of Jesus to the old testament law and the prophets -Mt 17:1-9. The Hebrew writer went further to emphasize the currency and finality of Christ’s message (Heb 1:1-3) as well as the superiority of the new covenant or law that Jesus mediates –Heb 8:8-13; 9:15-17 & 10:9. The books of Romans and Galatians were essentially written to explain that we can not be saved by following the laws of Judaism but must rather become Christians or followers of Christ. The old testament scriptures are for information purposes today, it is the lesson of its principles not the details of its precepts that are binding –Romans 15:4 & 1 Cor 10:6-11. Additional information is available in 2 Cor 3, Acts 15, etc. 14

15 There is divine hierarchy or chain of religious authority: God – 1 Cor 11:3c & John 5:19 Christ – Mt 28:18 & 1 Cor 15:24-28 Holy Spirit – John 16:7-14 & 1 John 5:7 The Apostles – 1 Cor 10:8 & Eph 2:18-20 The inspired scriptures or Bible –Eph 3:1-5 & James 1:25 The revealed knowledge about Christ the saviour has given us all things that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). The faith or system of Christianity has been revealed once and for all (Jude 3) without need for amendment, revision or addition. Paul wrote: “…that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, …” -1 Cor 4:6 Establishing Bible Authority 15

16 Today Bible Authority may be established on any matter (e.g. salvation) by considering the totality of: 1) Direct statements such as Commands, Declarations, and Rhetorical Questions e.g. Mk 16:16, Acts 2:38 & 10:47, Romans 6:1-5 on the necessity of baptism for salvation or remission of sins. 2) Approved accounts of action and endorsed apostolic examples e.g. Acts 2:38-41, 8:12-14, 16:30-34; 22:16 etc. on the urgency of baptism for salvation. 3) Implication of Scripture (and its silence on alternatives) leading to a Necessary Inference e.g. the need for enough water to immerse the person being baptized e.g. Mt 3:5-6 & 13- 16a, John 3:23, Acts 8:35-39. Jesus used these principles to show that the Christ is more than the son of David in Mt 22:41-46 16

17 It is NOT enough that something is in the Bible, the context is important and its interpretation must be harmonious with the rest of scripture. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” -2 Tim 2:15 “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” -1 Pet 4:11-12. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him? - Hebrews 2:3. 17

18 Conclusion Let us do religious things by Bible authority according to the divine pattern –Heb 8:1-5. Seeking salvation in a scriptural manner is the first step to running the Christian race, worshipping and living righteously is the second. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works - Titus 2:11 -14 18

19 A constant admonition in the Bible is the need to respect the limits of scripture: Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you - Deuteronomy 4:2 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar - Proverbs 30:5 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy 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, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen - Revelation 22:18 - 21 19

20 THANK YOU! Questions? 20

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