Words of Men? or Word of God!

“Ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God” 1 Thessalonians 2:13


Thus Saith The Lord?

When the Bible states “thus saith the Lord...”, did He really say it, or do people just think He did? By simple definition, the words of men are declared to be “tradition,” and the word of God is declared to be “Scripture.” There is a clear and perfect difference. One is subject to change and modification as man changes, and the other is subject to God, who never changes (if He did change, then He could never be trusted).

Let’s look at the Lord Jesus Christ. Every time that Jesus opened His mouth, He taught people from the Scriptures. He never wasted a single breath teaching people’s opinions about things. As a matter of fact, Jesus stated plainly that He loved the Scriptures, and hated tradition (read Mark 7:6-9)!

The Apostle Paul believed that only by knowing and trusting the Scriptures (and not some church) would save a person’s soul (2 Timothy 3:15). All Paul did since his conversion to Christ was preach “Thus saith the Lord...” out of an Old Testament Bible! He never wasted time preaching opinions, conjectures, or traditions!

An Honest Test

Anybody can know that the Bible is the very word of God just by putting it to an honest test. The only ones who do not know this great fact are those who have accepted what someone else said about the Bible. Every skeptic should put the Bible to the following test with a humble heart, seeking to know and please God. The test is very simple. Just obtain some books that people have ever written containing prophecies about future events. Go through them and begin to list every vision and prediction, and then find out if the predictions ever came true or not. God was so bold as to say that if any person claimed to be God’s prophet, they would be known by whether what they said always came true or not. And He commanded that if someone claimed to speak for God, and their prophecy did NOT come true, that they were to be killed! God was serious (see Deuteronomy 18:20-22)! After you read through the writings of Nostradamus, astrologers, scientists, philosophers, “card readers,” and the like, you will see one thing clear and simple - only the Bible comes through every time! That’s because the Bible is not men’s words!

According to the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3: 16 (I’m giving you the places in your Bible so that you can look them up for yourself), God breathed the very words that He wanted written in the Bible, and then the men wrote them down. The men themselves weren’t inspired, but just perfectly guided so that what they wrote, was as if God had Himself penned the words!

Where Are God’s Words?

According to Matthew 4:4, the words of the Bible came from the very mouth of God, and Jesus Christ commanded mankind to live by them. Therefore, THOSE WORDS must be available for a person to read, understand, obey, and live by, or else Jesus Christ was the biggest liar who ever lived!!!

The Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 1:23-25, that a person is “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever... the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And THIS is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” Peter therefore believes that the very word of God that saves a sinner’s soul is something that is present (abiding) on this earth, and available for all to read! He didn’t refer to it as something only he had, but that you can read for your very own!

A Complete and Trustworthy Package

Now, this brings up a very important conclusion: If God inspired the words of the Bible, then the entire Bible is to be taken as the words of God. Remember that Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and all the apostles did not refer to the Old Testament as myths, but rather as Scripture when writing the New Testament. And if the entire Bible is the word of God, then we have no right only picking and choosing what we wish to believe and wish not to believe!

And beyond that, it is the Bible alone that declares God perfectly in every detail. Man’s religious Tradition fails in every detail. It supposes that God can only be understood gradually, and requires great efforts by humanity to seek Him out and understand Him. Whereas the Bible takes the position that it is God who is the One seeking us out! Tradition is not fixed to a specific set of writings because they are ever being written, and changing. No one individual could practically possess the contents of “sacred” Tradition because it is far too extensive (35 volumes of Greek and Latin church fathers, 35 volumes of church council decrees, 25 volumes of formal statements and decrees by popes, and about 55 volumes of the saying and doings of saints, making for a total of about 150 volumes of “tradition”)! Finally, even though tradition has been declared to be Sacred and Holy just as Scripture is, an honest evaluation of ANY of the writings of the church fathers will reveal that the collection of writings is anything but inspired. They constantly challenge one another, and correct earlier “heresies” that previous fathers believed and taught. The principle is: Man’s religious Tradition is EVOLUTION applied to God! But the Scriptures are God’s SALVATION applied to man! Truly, you can only trust God’s word with your soul’s eternity!