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What Does The Bible Say?

Is the Scripture Sufficient?


Is The Scripture Sufficient?

 Many today are seeking some second blessing...beyond the Scriptures. They seek some extra knowledge, extra insight and extra security.

What Does The Bible Say?

 II Peter 1:2-4 says... "May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promise, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion and become partakers of the divine nature."

 In these passages we learn:
1. Grace comes in the knowledge of God.
2. Peace comes in the knowledge of God.
3. He has granted ALL things pertaining to life and Godliness. If He has given us all things, what would be left that we have not received?
4. We receive all things through knowledge of Him.
5. What he gives us is precious and very great.
6. This promise enables us to escape sin.
7. This gift enables us to become one with God.

What more could you want?





 Many people want to show respect to their ministers. These men have taught them much and have done a lot for them. To love and want to honor a minister is a natural desire. One of the titles given to ministers is "Reverend". The idea is that this is God's man.

What Does The Bible Say?

Psalms 111:9 says... "He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name." KJV

 From this passage we learn:

1. Reverend is an old word found only once in the Bible.
2. Reverend means Holy and Full of Awe.
3. Reverend is used in the Bible as a name for God.
4. Since this word is used only as a praise of God, it would be inappropriate to use it in reference to any man.
5. We should not call our ministers "Reverend". 




 Somewhere in the back of our mind we remember we are not supposed to call someone a fool. But why?

What Does The Bible Say?

 Matthew 5:21-22 says... "You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.' But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire."

 This passage quotes Jesus with a severe warning. Calling another a fool is a serious sin. Why?
1. A fool is not accountable.
2. A fool is not responsible.
3. A fool does not have the ability to consider his actions and make decisions.

The Bible teaches us that God made man in His image. We are not like the animals. We think, reason, consider and decide. Our accountability is a great compliment from God. To call a man a fool is an insult to God's greatest creation.


Getting Even



 Revenge is sweet say some. But for all of us, the desire to keep things even is great.

What Does The Bible Say?

 Romans 12:16-21 says... "Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly, never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." No, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

 From this passage we learn...
1. We are to live in harmony with others.
2. Watch out for arrogance.
3. Do not seek revenge.
4. Ask yourself what is the noble response.
5. So far as depends on you, live peaceably with others.
6. Leave vengeance to God.
7. You can overcome evil with good.

Letting God keep score demands faith on our part but remember...


False Teachers



 How do you know if a teacher is a false teacher or not? Some go by personality. Some go by popular opinion.

What Does The Bible Say?

 Matthew 7:15-23 says... "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

 From this scripture Jesus teaches us:

1. There are false teachers.
2. These false teachers deliberately teach error.
3. They are like wolves.
4. You can know them by their fruit (what happens when their teachings are carried out). Do I get closer to God? Is my life better?
5. Just ‘saying' Lord, Lord is not enough.
6. We must do the will (obey his commands) of God.

Since false teachers are not going to heaven, you want to avoid them.