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The Pillar and Ground of Truth

“God’s Revelation of Himself to Man” 2 Timothy 3:13-17

Date:January 28, 2024
Author: Wayne J. Edwards


The term “Sola Scripture” means the Bible is totally sufficient to provide us with every truth we need to know God, how to receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and live our lives as His witnesses in this world. While the Bible is an ancient book, written in the language of men, since the writing of every word of it was guided by the Holy Spirit Who is alive within us, the Bible is just as powerful and applicable today as it was in the days it was first written. The Bible is the eternal Word of God.
The title of this sermon is “The Word: God’s Revelation of Himself to Man.”

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Old Testament Reading – Psalm 19:1-14
New Testament Reading – Romans 1:19-25

The Pillar and Ground of Truth
“God’s Revelation of Himself to Man”
2 Timothy 3:13-17

   According to the most recent surveys, the majority of those who claim to be Christians cannot explain what they believe about God, about Christ, about the Holy Spirit, or their salvation.

  • This lack of doctrinal integrity is why so many contemporary Christians have been and are being deceived by the devil, trapped by the trivial, and relying on their religion to get them through the issues of life, and it isn’t working.
  • “Unchurched Harry” has been replaced with “Easy-Believism Bob,” who joined the church, was baptized, and participates in the church events, but who does not understand what it means.
  • However, if all he hears every Sunday is how to be saved, or how to use the Word of God to make his life successful, he will never know any more about the Christian Faith than he knows already.
  • Spiritual growth cannot be achieved if every sermon must be preceded with loud, emotionally-stirring music, enhanced with dramatic lighting, and communicated in culturally sensitive phrases so as not to offend anyone.  
  • Whatever happened to the straightforward, faithful exposition of God’s Word, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by God-called pastors who are not afraid to say, “Thus saith the Lord?”

   In his first epistle, the Apostle Peter urged his readers to “Always be ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)

  • Christians who attend a Bible-believing-teaching church for any length of time should have reliable answers for those who ask them honest questions.
  • In Acts 2:42ff, Luke said the Apostles who shared the gospel of salvation to those who were lost, continued to teach the Apostles Doctrine to those who were saved. So, as the Church grew numerically and geographically, it also grew spiritually.
  • The spiritual weakness of today’s Church is the result of the pastors’ failure to preach and teach the fundamental doctrines of the Christian Faith – i.e., to “Preach the Word!”
  • In the mid-18th century, under the banner of Higher Criticism, humanistic philosophy became equal with Divine Revelation, and man’s knowledge of the Bible became equated with, if not more important than, the Divine Authority of the Bible.
  • The ignorance of doctrinal truth, and the lack of effective evangelism through the Church today is the consequence of this paradigm shift in the majority of the seminaries.
  • Since the Church rejected the Bible as absolute truth, the unbelievers rejected the Church as the pillar and ground of truth, and now many pastors do not know the truth.
  • The heritage of the Christian Faith is based on our acceptance of the Bible as the divinely inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God; truth with no mixture of error in its content and its intent, and the final authority in matters of faith, and the practice of our faith.
  • If there is to be a revival in the Church, the first step must be to return to the historic Statement of Faith regarding the Holy Scriptures and to raise the standard in our respect for, and our trust in the Bible as God’s absolute Word.
  • What we can know about God, about Christ, about the Holy Spirit, about heaven, about hell, or about eternity, is not only contained in, but limited to our study of, and our trust in the Bible as God’s Holy Word.

   The word “Bible” comes from the Greek word “Byblos,” which means “book” – the name given to the inner bark of the papyrus tree, which was first used to make a paper-like sheet that would absorb ink without smearing the letters.

  • The Bible was written over 1500-years, by 40-different authors, in 3-different languages, and yet it agrees in its content and intent, which was, and is to make man wise unto salvation.
  • The Bible has no equal among all the writings of man in:
    • Its accuracy regarding the events of human history that it covers, and in the more than 300-prophecies concerning the first coming of Jesus Christ.
    • Its reliability regarding its contents – there are 1,150 Old Testament original manuscripts, and 24,000 New Testament original manuscripts in existence today.
    • Its readability – the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with an estimated 5 billion copies sold.
    • Its authority – it is unequaled in matters of faith, forgiveness, and the future.
    • Its preservation – not one scientific discovery has been found to disprove what is written about God, about man, about this world, or the world to come.

1. All Scripture is Inspired by God – Vs. 16

   The English word “inspired” comes from the Greek word “theopneustos,” which means “God-breathed.”

  • Divine inspiration is the supernatural activity of God upon the minds of the writers so that what they wrote was the truth as it was written, and would still be the truth when it was read.
  • In 2 Peter 1:21, the Apostle explained this process by saying, “Holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
  • No single man or group of men would have the intelligence to fabricate such a story as the Bible tells us about God’s plan for our redemption.
  • Even secular history validates the accuracy of the Bible about the Hebrew people, and the Person and work of Jesus Christ.
  • However, the secular writers miss the Cause behind those events as being God Himself, for to do so would mean they would have to surrender their lives unto the Lordship of Christ.
  • The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to Timothy at a specific time and for a particular purpose.
  • However, God ordained that what Paul wrote to one pastor would become His Word to all pastors of all time.
  • Therefore, when we read the Scriptures, we can see:
    • How God worked in the lives of those who obeyed Him, and those who did not, and know that since His ways have not changed, we can receive the same kind of blessing or consequence.
    • How God worked in the lives of those who served Him, and know if we follow their example, God will work the same way in our lives as He did in theirs.
  • There is ONLY ONE INTERPRETATION of Scripture, and that is what the author intended when it was first written.
  • Our challenge is to set the text in its context, discover the first purpose of the writing, and then discern the basic principle or the timeless truth that would apply to believers of every age.
  • When the Holy Spirit moved upon Mary, she conceived and brought forth the Living Word – totally human, yet without sin.
  • When the Holy Spirit moved upon the writers of the Bible, they obeyed and brought forth the Written Word – totally human, yet without error.

2. All Scripture is Profitable for Man – Vs. 15

   The real purpose of the Scriptures is to make the readers Wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

  • The whole story of the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man, and His plan for the redemption of man through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
    • In the Old Testament, Jesus Christ is predicted
    • In the Gospels, He is revealed
    • In Acts, He is preached
    • In the Epistles, He is explained
    • In the Book of Revelation, He is expected

“I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years, I will cause a boy who drives a plough to know more of the Scriptures than [he does].”
William Tyndale