The Silence and Commandments of Holy Scripture

(Deut. 12:32)

 

Introduction:

   * Common excuse for peoples’ actions today: “You didn’t tell me not to!”

   * Poor excuse that has invaded the church.

   * Even Christians have forgotten how the Bible authorizes and what type of commands it contains.

 

1. We must have authority for all we do in religion!

   * Cain & Abel (Gen. 4:3-4) – God must have instructed them how to give.

      - Heb. 11:4 –

 

      - Rom. 10:17 –

 

   * Noah’s Ark – Heb. 11:7 _____________________________________. Gen. 6:22 ____________________________.

 

   * Ark of the Covenant (II Sam. 6:1-7; I Chron. 13:10). To be carried on men’s shoulders of the tribe of Levi (Deut.

      10:8; 31:9,25; Josh. 3:3&6; I Chron. 15:2,15; Ex. 25:10-15). “...we sought him not after the due order” (I Chron.

      15:13).

 

   * King Saul’s sacrifice (I Sam. 13:5-14) – Saul offered a burnt offering w/o authority (Exodus 28:1; 28:43, Heb. 5:1).

  

2. Inspiration prohibits us from speaking where God hasn’t spoken.

   * I Cor. 4:6 – We mustn’t presume to know what God hasn’t told us.

   * II John 9 – We mustn’t go beyond what is written!

   * Rev. 22:18-19 – Mustn’t come short of or go beyond Scripture!

   * Deut. 4:2; 12:32; Prov. 30:6; Gal. 1:6-9 – More than adequate support for the silence of the scriptures!

   * Reject the silence principle, and anything goes.

  

3. Just how does the Bible command?

   * Bible has many types of literature: history, poetry, prophecy, etc.

   * The Bible is also a book of law (Isa. 2:2-4; Jer. 31:33; I Cor. 9:21; Gal. 6:2) & contains many commands.

 

   * Moral & religious commands (Moral - Ex. 20:14 & 15. Religious – Deut. 12:6; Acts 2:38; I Peter 3:21).

 

   * Positive & negative commands. I Cor. 11:24: _______________________________________________________.

      - Col. 3:9: ___________________________________________________________________________________.

 

   * _____________ of the Ten Commandments were negative. Our thoughts/ways not God’s (Isa. 55:8&9).

   * Generic commands teach a general obligation (Mark 16:15 – “Go” gives us liberty as to how).

   * Specific commands tell us exactly how (baptism = immersion – Acts 2:38).

 

   * Some commands are limited to certain groups/individuals. Ex. 12:14 – Only Hebrews obliged to observe this.

      - Jesus commandment in Luke 24:49 applied only to apostles.

 

   * Other commands are universal. All must repent (Acts 17:30). All must believe & be baptized to be saved (Mk. 16:16).

   * Some commands are/were temporary. Ex. 20:8 – the Sabbath was kept only as long as Law of Moses in effect.

      - Old Law was a schoolmaster that is no longer in effect (Gal. 3:24-25).

 

   * I Cor. 14:1 ____________________________ n/a because Spiritual gifts no longer given (I Cor. 13:8-10).

 

   * Matt. 19:6 – Marriage laws will last as long as marriage itself.

 

   * Baptism will be required as long as the world lasts (Matt. 28:18-20).

 

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister  8/9/09 p.m.