So far in our study we have learned that the Word of God is both sufficient and complete. The third characteristic of the Bible is that it is authoritative. God has the final say. So many times we are asked what we think about a situation or action and we give our opinion. The truth is: What does it matter, if my answer is not based on Holy Scriptures? Some would say that God doesn't speak to every issue specifically. That is true in some cases, but we are given principles that will guide us. This study does not allow us time or space to elaborate. Mark Twain said, "It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." I am not promoting him as a believer, but his statement is telling.
In a practical sense, what does this mean to a believer? I have often heard, "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it for me." However, the middle phrase is not necessary. Whether we believe it or not, God’s Word is authoritative and final. Furthermore, in an age when truth is hard to come by there is great comfort and confidence in obeying God. We can be sure that if we obey God we have done the right thing no matter who disagrees or what earthly consequences may follow.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV
To argue that the Bible is authoritative is one thing, to obey it is the real evidence we are sure of it. Are you struggling and about to make a major decision? Seek His will.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV
In our next study we will look at the fourth attribute of God’s Word. The Bible is necessary.