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Major Beliefs 5 = By Whose Authority?

Major Beliefs 5: The Bible – “By Whose Authority?”

2 Peter 1:21 – “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

I can remember very clearly spending time with my friends when I was a little child, whether it was at their house or my house we loved to be together.  I can also remember though not as clearly a time in which one of us got in trouble at the other’s house and as the parent was telling us what to do and not to do, the inevitable happened, “you’re not my mom (or dad) you can’t tell me what to do.”  After that everything got a little blurry.

It is a statement that I’m sure teachers hear a lot.  “You can’t tell me what to do, you’re not my dad (or mom).”  In reality it is a question of authority isn’t it?  It is a question that says who do you think you are? You don’t have a right to tell me what to do, I’m master of my own life.  At least that is what we like to believe as we grow into adolescents and perhaps even more so as adults.  It has certainly become the motto of our society.  “Don’t judge me.”  “Who do you think you are trying to tell me what to do?”, or even the more passive, “just leave me alone I’m not hurting anyone”.  All of these statements say the same thing, my life is my own now just let me live it.  Just like a 10 year old we think no one has the right to tell me what to do.

That however isn’t the case is it? There is one who has a right to tell us how to live, God our heavenly Father created us and He has the right to tell us how we are supposed to live.  He is in sovereign control so He has the right to tell us what to do and what not to do.  How do we know though? How can we be sure of what is right and what is wrong?  Simply put He has revealed it to us in His word, the Bible.

Some people read the Bible and say those are nice sentiments, but they are just the words of men, and what right does another person have to tell me how to live?  (Sounds a lot like that statement we made as children).  And so we many people question, “by whose authority do you say these things?”  Peter gives us the answer in 2 Peter 1:21, “for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  In other words when the Biblical authors wrote, they wrote under the authority of God, and they were directly inspired by the Holy Spirit.  He carried them along, He controlled their writing instruments even as they put the words down on paper.

So when we read the Bible, we are reading the words of men, but they are words that were directly inspired by God.  He gave them the authority to write, He told them what to write, and He “carried” the pen along as they wrote.  Make no mistake about it, the Bible really is the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God written with the authority of God.  A God who created us and because of that He has the authority to tell us how to live.