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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:7-16

Why the New Testament Applies to Us

Intro.

1.  Jesus put apostles and prophets in His church, Eph. 4:11-12.

2.  They wrote the New Testament. But, does the NT apply to us?

3.  Those who reject necessary inferences (NI) to establish and apply Bible authority have a problem: None of the NT was directly written to us today. We apply it today because we necessarily infer it was also written for us and that it has authority over us.

  a.  Will they respect the NT as the verbally-inspired word of God? Will they believe the NT possesses binding authority over them? Will they have the church of Christ follow the NT patterns?

  b.  If so, they must give up their unscriptural view that rejects NI.

  c.  If not, then they must reject the NT as little more than a historical document without relevance and binding authority today.

  d.  Some have already cast off the binding nature of NT patterns (2 Tim. 1:13).

4.  The apostles claimed their words have heaven’s binding authority, Gal. 1:8-9. If true, we must yield to them. If false, we are deceived.

 

I.  WHY THE WRITINGS OF CHRIST’S APOSTLES AND PROPHETS HAVE BINDING AUTHORITY OVER US.
  A.  Their Letters are the Commandments of the Lord,
1 Cor. 14:37.

    1.  Paul taught same thing “everywhere in every church,” 1 Cor. 4:17.

    2.  We are not to go beyond what is written, 1 Cor. 4:6.

    3.  Handed down from heaven, Matt. 16:19; 18:18; 2 Thess. 2:13-15.
  B.  Jesus Said to Hear/Receive Them is to Hear/Receive Him, and to Reject Them is to Reject Him,
Lk. 10:16; Matt. 10:40; Jno. 13:20.
    1.  Apostles said to observe what Jesus taught them,
Matt. 28:18-20.
    2.  Therefore, we are to hear/receive apostolic teaching as the will of Christ and not the will of men,
1 Thess. 2:13 (words and writings).
  C.  Their Writings were to be Circulated because of their Universal Authority,
Col. 4:16; 1 Thess. 5:27 (remember 1 Cor. 4:16-17).

      -Their universal need and authority have not ended. If so, when? How? By whom?
  D.  We Can Understand what the Apostles Knew When We Read What They Wrote,
Eph. 3:3-5.
    1.  The truth they knew and taught can be spoken in love to convert and to help us grow in Christ (
Eph. 4:11-16).
    2.  The apostolic teaching is not cunningly devised fables; it is credible eyewitness testimony of the Son of God,
2 Pet. 1:16-21.

  E.  The Salvation Jesus Began to Speak is Confirmed to Us by His Apostles, Heb. 2:1-4.
    1.  The apostles wrote so we can have fellowship with God and have full joy in Christ,
1 Jno. 1:1-4.
    2.  We know the Son of God has given us an understanding through the revelation of truth by His apostles,
1 Jno. 5:20 (18-20).

  F.  Their Writings are Scripture and Completely Equip Us for Every Good Work, 2 Tim. 3:15-17.

    1.  Their writings carry the weight of Scripture, 2 Pet. 3:16, 1-2.
    2.  Without them, what defines “good” in God’s sight? (
Jgs. 21:25)

  G.  What the Apostles Taught was to be Taught to Others Repeatedly, 2 Tim. 2:2.

      -Demonstrates their writings are applicable to all subsequent generations. (cf. Acts 8:4)
  H.  The Teachings of the Apostles and Prophets of Jesus (NT):

    1.  Bring the lost to faith and salvation, Jno. 17:20 (Rom. 10:17).

    2.  Equip the church to serve the Lord, Acts 2:42; Eph. 4:11-12.

    3.  Equip us for unity in Christ, Jno. 17:21; Acts 4:32-33; Eph. 4:3, 13.

 

Conclusion

1.  The writings of the apostles (NT) are the word of God, 1 Thess. 2:13.

2.  Without them we would not be able to have faith and be saved, Jno. 20:30-31.

3.  With them we have the mind of God revealed to us, 1 Cor. 2:10-13.

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted January 30, 2019