God’s Word In Our Salvation

Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit……….

to his apostles to teach them all things and to bring to their remembrance all he had taught them while he was with them:

John 14:26

26* “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

He assured the apostles that the Holy Spirit would guide them:

Jn. 16:13-15

13* “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

14* “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.

15* “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

So the Holy Spirit was not to make up a message…

He was to guide the apostles into “all truth,” (Jn. 14, 16) to bring to the remembrance of the apostles all Jesus had taught them, and he was to teach them what they needed when they needed it to save men from sin.

The apostles whom Jesus selected to carry his gospel into all the world, to every creature of their generation, were human and liable to make mistakes.

And the Scriptures tell us that it is the truth to make men free (John 8:32)

John 8:32

you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

And the Scriptures tell us that human traditions make the worship of men void (Matt. 15:9),

Matt. 15:9

9* ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”

And the Scriptures tell us that those who change God’s Word are accursed -(Gal. 1:8-9)

Gal. 1:8-9 

8* But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!

9* As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

Therefore… It was necessary for the first preachers, the revealers, of the gospel to have the Spirit to guide them so they would not make any mistakes.

And so on the first Pentecost after the death of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to the apostles and he spoke as the Spirit game them utterance (Acts. 2:1-4).

Paul said they had received the Spirit from God that they might know the things of God, and they spoke those things, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but in words which the Spirit teaches (1 Cor. 2:12-16).

2 Cor. 2:12-16

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,

13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.

16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.

And Peter said the apostles preached the gospel by the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven (1 Pet. 1:10-12).

1 Pet. 1:10-12

10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,

11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things into which angels long to look.

The Apostles and prophets not only preached the gospel by word of mouth, but they wrote the same gospel they preached; and they were guided in the writing of the gospel just as much as they were guided by the Spirit in preaching the gospel.

Eph. 3:3-5

3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

So we may be sure we have God’s message to a lost world in the writings of the apostles and prophets of Jesus Christ.  And when we READ GOD’s WORD we can understand His message.

You see that?  When you read you can understand.  You don’t need a sage, you need to read.

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