Are the “words in red” the only words we must be concerned with when it comes to the commands of Christ found in the Bible? Some are under the opinion that the other epistles (letters) which make up the New Testament do not have as much authority as the ones that go by the title “the gospel of Jesus Christ according to….” Such an opinion concerning the scriptures is wrong, and it is a dangerous opinion to have.
For one, it undermines the heavenly authority of Jesus’ apostles and prophets and the foundation upon which the church itself is built upon. Consider the following scriptures:
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)
“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,” (2 Peter 3:1-2)
“If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)
Without the written knowledge that the Holy Spirit has made known to the church through the apostles and the prophets, the church today would not have a steady foundation of truth to follow or be built upon, much less teach (1 Timothy 3:14-15).
I have a full assurance in the Holy Spirit and His ability to complete the mission He had in reminding, revealing, reinforcing and regulating the doctrine of Christ to the apostles and prophets of the church (John 14:26, 15:26, & 16:7-14). He accomplished it with the Old Covenant and He has accomplished it with the New Covenant as well.
If we refuse to listen to the Holy Spirit inspired men and the “words written in black” which have been preserved through the providence of God, then in reality we are refusing to listen to the “words written in red” that promised it would happen! EA
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)