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Everybody can’t be right. There has to be a standard. Even the world understands this when it comes to math, medicine, and mechanics. Nothing is more important than knowing what to believe and where to go for answers when it comes to spiritual matters. The purpose of this topic is to help us see that God has made it clear that His Word is our standard.
In the front of your Bible, write: Our Standard- Isa. 55:8,9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Underline both verses. In the margin, write “God doesn’t think like we do.” At the end of the verse, write Prov. 14:12.
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Underline the entire verse. In the margin, write “Feelings aren’t a safe guide.” At the end of the verse, write 28:26.
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered.
Underline “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool.” In the margin, write “Follow your heart=bad advice!” At the end of the verse, write Jer. 17:9.
The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?
Underline “The heart is more deceitful than all else.” At the end of the verse, write Matt. 15:9.
But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.
Circle “vain” and in the margin next to it, write “for nothing.” Underline “teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.” “Precepts” means “commands,” if you want to write that in the margin, too. At the end of the verse, write 2 Pet. 1:3.
Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
Underline “everything pertaining to life and godliness.” What else do we need? What other book, handbook, or creed? At the end of the verse, write 2 Tim. 3:16,17.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Put a square around “All Scripture” and circle “inspired by God.” Underline the rest of verse 16 and all of verse 17. At the end of the verse, write Jude 3.
…Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
Circle “the faith” and underline “once for all handed down to the saints.” At the end of the verse, write Gal. 1:6-9.
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel…
Circle “a different gospel” in verse six and circle “distort the gospel” in verse seven. Underline all of verses eight and nine. In the margin next to verses eight and nine, write “double emphasis!” At the end of verse nine, write Rev. 22:18,19.
…If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life…
Underline “if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life.” At the end of verse 19, write Matt. 24:35.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
Circle “My words” and underline “will not pass away.” At the end of the verse, write 28:18-20.
…All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth…
Circle “Jesus” and underline “All authority has been given to Me.” In verse 20, underline “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Circle “I.” At the end of verse 20, write 2 John 9-11.
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son…
Circle “not abide” and “abides.” Underline “teaching of Christ” and both occurrences of the word “teaching.” At the end of the verse, write John 8:31,32.
…If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
Circle “continue in My word” and underline “truly disciples of Mine.” Squiggly underline all of verse 32. At the end of the verse, write 12:48-50.
He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day…
In verse 48, underline “the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” In verse 50, underline “the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” At the end of the verse, write 14:23-26.
…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him…
In verse 23, underline “keep My word.” In verse 24, underline “the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s.” Put brackets around verse 26 and in the margin, write “how the disciples knew what to teach.” At the end of the verse, write 16:13, 14.
But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth…
Underline “when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.” In the margin, write “authority of disciples’ teaching.” At the end of verse 14, write 2 Pet. 1:20, 21.
…No prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation…
Underline both verses. At the end of verse 21, write 3:2.
You should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
Underline “the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.” Some say that if Jesus didn’t say it, we don’t have to obey it. In the margin, write “Apostles taught words of Jesus.” At the end of the verse, write Heb. 9:15.
For this reason, He is a mediator of a new covenant…
Circle “new covenant.” In margin, write “Old Law no longer binding (see all of ch. 9). At the end of the verse, write 10:8,9.
…He takes away the first in order to establish the second…
Circle “Your will” in verse nine and “this will” in verse ten. Underline “He takes away the first in order to establish the second.” In the margin, write “Old Law taken away.” At the end of the verse, write Gal. 3:23-25.
But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed…
Circle all occurrences of “faith” and “law” and underline all of verse 25. At the end of the verse, write 2 Tim. 2:15.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Underline “accurately handling the word of truth.”
1. Emotions/ feelings are powerful. How can we make sure we are using God’s Word as our standard and not our own thoughts and feelings?
2. Is it possible to twist the Word to make it say what we want it to say? How can we avoid doing that?
3. If two people are teaching two different things about a spiritual matter, how can we know who is right? Can both be right?