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God’s Word Is the Final Authority
Adventure 1: God's Word -- The Bible
Mission: 9

Question Answer
What authority does God's Word have over people?

Because it comes from God, God's Word holds the highest and final authority for what we must believe and how we must live. 2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Let’s look a bit closer at 2 Timothy 3:16. The Bible says that it is profitable for four different things.

Profitable for doctrine – this means that God’s Word teaches us what things we ought to believe. “Here’s what’s right.”

Profitable for reproof – this means that God’s Word will convince us of our sin when we do wrong. “Here’s what’s wrong.”

Profitable for correction – this means that God’s Word, if believed and obeyed, will correct our errors and mistakes. “Here’s how to make what’s wrong right.”

Profitable for instruction in righteousness – this means that God’s Word will lead us to act and live in a way pleasing to God. “Here’s how to keep what’s right right.”

In the United States, we have judges who are authorities in courts. Only a few of these judges have the highest authority in the land. When those judges speak, their words and decisions outweigh all other judges – because they have greater authority
than all the other judges.

It is not only the words and truths of the Bible that make it so powerful, but also that the Holy Spirit of God is active right now in the world, convincing people of the truth of the Bible. When a pastor gets up and preaches the Word of God, his confidence is that the Holy Spirit will assure people that the words of the Bible are right and true. God is active in showing people that His Word is true. The Bible has a power and authority unlike any other book, because God’s invisible Spirit is making His Word known in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Like the rulings of those top judges, the Bible is the supreme authority – all other books should be considered less authoritative than God’s Word. The truthfulness of all other writings or teachings must be carefully measured by the Bible. The Bible is the anchor and foundation for everything a Christian believes and teaches.