Sunday, September 28, 2008

What does it profit you to be a scholar of the scriptures without the Holy Spirit?

Matthew 22:24-28 "Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"

In verse 29 Jesus exposed the ignorance of these Sadducees. However, His answer to their question stresses the importance of scripture. “Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” NIV

There are two lessons to learn from this rebuke. Being a student of the Bible without knowing the Son Jesus leaves you
• ignorant of the written Word of God and
• robs you of the knowledge of God’s power.
Further more, if you don't know scriptures, how is the Holy Spirit going to work in your life?
My conclusion is this: If your confidence is in the scriptures without Jesus Christ, you are doomed. Worse still, if your confidence is in the scriptures, without the Holy Spirit even if you claim to know about Jesus you may be lost.

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