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1 God has Spoken: A Study of Bible Authority The Nature of Bible Authority

2 2 God Has Revealed a Pattern “…make all things according to the pattern shown you…” Hebrews 8:5“…make all things according to the pattern shown you…” Hebrews 8:5 “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13

3 3 Understanding Bible Authority is Fundamental Bible authority is established by commands, apostolic approved examples & necessary inferencesBible authority is established by commands, apostolic approved examples & necessary inferences To know the Scriptures & have the faith to properly apply them (since we will be judged by them) 2 Cor. 5:10-11To know the Scriptures & have the faith to properly apply them (since we will be judged by them) 2 Cor. 5:10-11 In order to avoid sinful extremesIn order to avoid sinful extremes

4 4 Two Kinds of Authority GENERIC Includes all things needed to build the house (tools, etc.)Includes all things needed to build the house (tools, etc.) SPECIFIC ExcludesExcludes all things not specified in the blueprints [Blueprints to build a house]

5 5 Generic Authority (Rev. 22:19) INCLUSIVE “go” Matt. 28:19 HOW?HOW? WalkRideFlySail God did not specify CHOICEGod did not specify CHOICE CHOICE ALLOWED from variety of optionsCHOICE ALLOWED from variety of options

6 6 Generic Authority (Rev. 22:19) INCLUSIVE “assemble” Heb. 10:25 WHERE?WHERE? TentHomeRental Meeting house God did not specify CHOICEGod did not specify CHOICE CHOICE ALLOWED from variety of optionsCHOICE ALLOWED from variety of options

7 7 Generic Authority (Rev. 22:19) INCLUSIVE “apparel” 1 Tim. 2:9 WHAT?WHAT? DressBlousePantsRobe God did not specify CHOICEGod did not specify CHOICE CHOICE ALLOWED from variety of optionsCHOICE ALLOWED from variety of options

8 8 Specific Authority (Rev. 22:18) EXCLUSIVE “ark” Gen. 6:14 GOPHER WOODGOPHER WOOD PineOakAshElm No CHOICE givenNo CHOICE given Only specified action APPROVEDOnly specified action APPROVED NOT

9 9 Specific Authority (Rev. 22:18) EXCLUSIVE “music” Eph. 5:19 SINGSING Playing an instrument No CHOICE givenNo CHOICE given Only specified action APPROVEDOnly specified action APPROVED NOT

10 10 Specific Authority (Rev. 22:18) EXCLUSIVE “Lord’s Supper” 1 Cor. 11:23-26 Unl. breadUnl. bread Fruit of vineFruit of vine Beans & cornbread Burger & coke No CHOICE givenNo CHOICE given Only specified action APPROVEDOnly specified action APPROVED NOT

11 11 Specific Authority (Rev. 22:18) EXCLUSIVE “apparel” 1 Tim. 2:9 MODESTMODEST BikiniHalterMini-skirtEtc. No CHOICE givenNo CHOICE given Only specified action APPROVEDOnly specified action APPROVED NOT

12 12 Extremes to Avoid Allowed unless specifically condemned “It doesn’t say not to!” (Silence is consent)“It doesn’t say not to!” (Silence is consent) Approval based on God’s silenceApproval based on God’s silence Instrumental music in worshipInstrumental music in worship Infant baptismInfant baptism God’s silence constrains, Heb. 7:13-14God’s silence constrains, Heb. 7:13-14 Looses where God binds 1 Cor. 4:6Looses where God binds 1 Cor. 4:6

13 13 Extremes to Avoid Only allowed if specifically approved No generic authority & necessary inferencesNo generic authority & necessary inferences Used to forbid such things as:Used to forbid such things as: Organized Bible classesOrganized Bible classes Multiple containers for Lord’s SupperMultiple containers for Lord’s Supper Not consistent, Rom. 2:1Not consistent, Rom. 2:1 Binds where God loosesBinds where God looses

14 14 Pattern of Sound Words Positive Authority is Necessary To please God, Heb. 13:21To please God, Heb. 13:21 No deviation, Joshua 1:7-8No deviation, Joshua 1:7-8 According to “this word,” Isaiah 8:20According to “this word,” Isaiah 8:20 Test all things (by a standard), 1 Ths. 5:21Test all things (by a standard), 1 Ths. 5:21 Not beyond what is written, 1 Cor. 4:6Not beyond what is written, 1 Cor. 4:6 Not beyond doctrine of Christ, 2 Jno. 9Not beyond doctrine of Christ, 2 Jno. 9

15 15 Christ’s Authority Col. 3:17 (Acts 4:9-12) Generically or Specifically Revealed Christ’s authority to be saved is specific:Christ’s authority to be saved is specific: Believe Jesus is Son of God, Jno. 8:23-24Believe Jesus is Son of God, Jno. 8:23-24 Confess faith in Him, Rom. 10:9-10Confess faith in Him, Rom. 10:9-10 Repent of your sins, Acts 17:30Repent of your sins, Acts 17:30 Be baptized for the remission of sins, Acts 2:38; 22:16Be baptized for the remission of sins, Acts 2:38; 22:16


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