Posted by: bshelley | September 2, 2008

Paul’s Writings Inspired?

Today’s Verse: Galatians 1:11-12 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. NASB

The fundamental question we must ask ourselves is, “Is the Bible the inspired word of God?” Most people I know would readily answer a hearty “yes” to that question. However, when faced with some of the more difficult teachings, more specifically of the apostle Paul, they waffle. If we cannot trust that all of what Paul says is inspired of God, then what? Maybe some is and some is not? Who gets to make that list and on who’s authority? Let’s consider the repercussions of such a claim. If we can’t trust that Paul’s writings are inspired, then there goes two-thirds of the New Testament books. We also have to throw out Peter and any books he wrote or influenced. He says in 2 Peter 3:16 “as also in his letters, speak in them of these things, in which some things are hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.”  Peter claimed Paul’s writings were scripture. He did admit that some were hard to understand, but he never challenged that Paul was also writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I suppose that leaves Matthew and John? Ludicrous you say? Yet many would take issue with some of Paul’s “hard” teachings and rather than seek to understand and take them as God’s inspired instructions, they want to pick and choose which parts they like. That, dear friend, is a very dangerous and slippery slope. As Jesus challenged, who would throw the first stone”, who among us is qualified to tell God which of His Holy Scriptures is inspired and which is not? Possibly, we should follow the pattern set forth by the first century church and accept the apostle’s writings as scripture and seek to apply them to our lives. All of them. Especially the difficult ones, for where we resist may dwell some more of our fleshly and rebellious nature that we have yet to give over to His control. That should be our concern and prayer.

Lord I confess that there are times when I find it difficult to understand Your word and even more challenging to apply it to my life. Continue to perform Your work in me that I would readily be molded by You into what You choose. Thank You for Your word and for all those who have given their very lives to make that possible. Let me never set myself up in the judge’s seat as to what part of Your inspired word applies to my life. Give me the strength to accept it and seek to live it. Amen

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-galatians-1_11-12

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