It is Saturday, and it is nice weather outside, so this is going to be short, but I just wanted to share what I had been reading and studying this morning.
1 Corinthians 4:6 says,
“Now, brothers I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.”
What does it mean to “not go beyond what is written”? The short answer…do not go beyond the Bible. God’s word has all the answers, yet how often do we turn to this book or that book for an explanation. Isn’t that going “beyond what is written”?
2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is God-breathed. Who else can claim that about the books or commentaries they have written? So then why do we turn to external sources for answers?
We have become arrogant, each thinking our books, our explanations, or our answers (even when unsubstantiated by the Word) are better. Paul realized that this would divide a people who should be united in their thinking, having one belief and faith. If we go beyond what is written, creating our own interpretations and understanding, then there will be pride taken in one man over against another. Isn’t that what is happening today?
In 1 Corinthians 1:10 Paul says this,
“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
Clearly divisions and different denominations were not the plan from the beginning. So what went wrong? People started creating their own teachings, instead of being united. People started writing their own commentaries and books, with their own explanations and interpretations, instead of only using God’s word.
We have to return to God’s word, we have to make sure we have His word hidden in our hearts so that we do not sin against Him.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”~Psalm 119:11
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different denominations?
Have you ever wondered who has the absolute truth?
Is it nice weather where you are? Any plans for the day?