The Plea For The Book Of Christ

W. Terry Varner
February 12, 2017

Remember there is a distinction between The Reformation Movement and The Restoration Movement. The distinction is: The Reformation Movement was an attempted reform of the existing Roman Catholic Church; whereas, The Restoration Movement was a return to first century Christianity and the plea of Christ apart from the Roman Catholic Church.

When the writings of faithful, God-fearing Bible-believing men are examined, we find all had a compelling desire to do the will of God.

It is important to remember that the apostle Paul prophesied that early New Testament Christianity would digress and degenerate (Acts 20:28-30); a study within itself. True to divine prophecy this is exactly what occurred. There are seven (7) distinct PLEAS OF CHRIST. There is no way Christianity of the first century can be reproduced without giving preeminence to the all-sufficiency of the Scriptures. Christianity was established on the principle of “the Word of God alone”; i.e. sola scriptura.

The Bible Is Verbally, Plenary Inspired. Paul boldly affirmed this point. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). Inspiration means God-breathed out. Verbal means every word of the Bible is inspired by God. David said: “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me and His word was on my tongue” (2 Sam. 23:2). Plenary means full, complete, absolute, and in all of its parts—is the Word of God. The point is that EVERYTHING religiously must be measured and approved or disapproved by Goa’s divine standard (cf. Matt. 18:18). IF some teaching does not agree with the Scriptures, it must be rejected.

The Importance of the Bible.

God used only “holy men” (2 Peter 1:21) to reveal His divine word to mankind showing them how to live to please Him. All men everywhere must be prepared to meet God (cf. Amos 4:12; Heb. 9:27). An examination of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches the following:

  • The “holy men of God” (2 Peter 1:21) were selected by God to reveal His word to mankind. They did not make God’s word known from their wisdom but from the word revealed to them “in words which the Holy Spirit taught” (1 Cor. 2:13). It is interesting that the word used to describe the writings of God and the writings of men is one and the same—graphe. To distinguish between the writings of God from the writings of man, the Holy Spirit directed the writers to place the word “holy” in some places before the word graphe (Rom. 1:2; 2 Tim. 3:15). The Bible is profitable to man (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16) or God would not have revealed it to man. “Profitable” (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16) means useful or beneficial. “Reproof ” (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16) implies that man cannot be saved living in his sin, but that he must be convicted of his guilt of his sin. We may not like to think of it as this way, but God wants man to be on a guilt trip in reference to his sin. We may not like to think this way, but it is true! “Correction” (cfi 2 Tim. 3:16) teaches God does not want man to remain in separated from Him in guilt (cf. Isa. 59:1-2). We can correct our standing with God by obeying Goa’s plan of redemption. “The Word [inspired] ... is restorative in character (cf. John 17:15-17)” (Hendriksen 305).
  • Instruction in righteousness” (cf. 2 Tim. 3:15). Instruction is equated with teaching. Righteousness is living as God wants us to live and doing what God wants us to do.
  • All-sufficiency of the word” (cf. 2 Tim. 3:17). The Bible is all-sufficient informationally; i.e. the Bible furnishes us all the necessary information needed to become a Christian and to live the Christian life.