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Biblical Authority Series

14 Items

Biblical Authority 1 (The Need for Divine Authority)

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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (1)  The Need for Divine Authority (Introduction) Mike Johnson “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” These questions were asked of Jesus in the Jerusalem temple by certain Jewish chief priests and elders (Mt. 21:23). Although not sincerely motivated, these questions bring out two vital principles. […]

Biblical Authority 2 (The Authority of God)

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A Study of Bible Authority (2)  THE AUTHORITY OF GOD Mike Johnson Everyone is subject to authority today. Many are employees and are subject to the rule of their employers. We are all under the authority of our government, whether we want to be or not. There is authority we put ourselves under by choice, […]

Biblical Authority 3(The Authority of Christ)

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Biblical Authority (3)  The Authority of Christ Mike Johnson Many people today do not understand the importance of having Bible authority. In previous articles, we have noted that we must follow divine authority instead of trying to direct our own steps. We discussed the authority of God and noted that God certainly has the right […]

Biblical Authority 4 (The Authority of the Apostles)

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Biblical Authority (4)  The Authority of the Apostles  Mike Johnson Many acknowledge the authority of God and Christ, but do not accept or understand the authority of the Apostles. Some people today say we only need the words of Jesus to guide us. Some who take this position place a great deal of emphasis on […]

Biblical Authority 5 (Obedience and the Old Testament)

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A Study of Bible AUTHORITY (5)  Obedience and the Old Testament Mike Johnson One of the most vital questions involved in the study of Christianity is the question of authority. As was noted earlier, during the life of Christ, the chief priests and elders raised this question when they asked Jesus (Mt. 21:23), “By what authority […]

Biblical Authority 6 (The New Testament: God’s Message)

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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (6) Authority and the New Testament Mike Johnson The Scriptures teach the authority of God, Christ, and the apostles (Ps. 50:10-12; Heb. 1:1-2; Mt. 16:19, 17:5, 18:18; 2 Cor. 5:20; Phil. 4:9).   Also, the Holy Spirit played a role as He guided the apostles “unto all truth.”  Consider now the authority of the […]

Biblical Authority 7 (Adhering to the Gospel Message)

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Biblical Authority (7) Adhering to the Gospel Message Mike Johnson From the Old Testament, it is clear that God’s for the Scriptures to be followed and not deviated from in any way (Deut 4:1-4, 5:32-33; Josh. 1:7; Num. 22:18, 24:13; Pb. 4:26-27, 30:5-6; Lev. 18:4-5). Consider now the same concept from the New Testament. Jude (v. 3) […]

Biblical Authority 8 (Direct Command)

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Biblical Authority (8) Direct Command Mike Johnson How do we establish Bible authority?  It seems clear from the Scriptures that God intends for us to determine biblical authority in four ways.  These are direct command, direct statement, approved apostolic example, and necessary inference.  (Sometimes direct command and direct statement are combined.)  A broader classification of […]

Biblical Authority 9 (Direct Statement)

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Biblical Authority (9) Direct Statement Mike Johnson The Bible teaches direct command is one form of Bible authority. (Others are approved example and necessary inference). There are, however, other kinds of statements, which do not occur in the command form but still serve as our guide. They have the same force of authority as a direct […]

Biblical Authority 10 (Approved Example)

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Biblical Authority (10) Approved Example Mike Johnson What should be our attitude toward the concept of “example” as an acceptable form of Bible authority? There are three possible attitudes one might have. First, a person might say that all examples are binding. This attitude is unlikely, however, and, as we will see later, this would be a […]

Biblical Authority 11 (Necessary Inference)

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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (11) Necessary Inference Mike Johnson Three forms of Bible authority govern us today. These are direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference or conclusion. Most are willing to accept direct commands or statements as forms of Bible authority. Some may question the concept of approved example, and a growing number challenge […]

Biblical Authority 12 (Generic and Specific Authority)

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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (12) Generic & Specific Authority Mike Johnson Many have failed to understand the concept of generic and specific authority. These people may realize the need for a direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference for Bible authority. However, if they do not understand the concept of generic and specific authority, along […]

Biblical Authority 13 (The Silence of the Scriptures)

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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (13)  The Silence of the Scriptures Mike Johnson  What should be our attitude regarding the silence of the Scriptures?  What should we do regarding situations about which the Lord says nothing?  These questions are critical.  Disagreement on how to regard the silence of the Scriptures has caused much division over the years.  If […]

Biblical Authority 14 (Incorrect Standards)

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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (14)  FALSE STANDARDS Mike Johnson  Why is there so much division and confusion today in the religious world—so many different doctrines and so many religious groups? One reason is that many have never received teaching, or at least have never learned the importance of Bible authority. Some may acknowledge the need for guidance […]