- Repent – Turn
- Kingdom of God – Turn from kingdom of darkness to kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13)
A Kingdom Depends on a King
God’s Kingdom depends on Christ’s Kingship (Rev. 1:5)
If you are a citizen of a kingdom, the king’s words carry power and authority
- Ex. Esther 3:12-4:17 – the word of the king was greatly feared because they knew the authority and power behind the word
God’s Word sets the standard and precedent of His Kingdom
- 1 Cor. 4:6 – Don’t think beyond what is written
- Experiences are fine, but they need to be rightly interpreted
- Ex. Eve gave the fruit to Adam because she never “experienced” death, though God’s Word contradicted her interpretation of her experience. Note: Any interpretation of an experience that disregards God’s revealed Word will lead you away from God.
- Deut. 4:2; Rev. 22:18-19 – We can’t add or take away from God’s Word.
- Acts 17:11 – “searched the Scriptures daily” – the Bible was their measuring stick for truth
- “Weirdness” can’t be our measuring stick (see Ezekiel)
- Experience alone can’t be our measuring stick (see Eve)
- Feelings can’t be our measuring stick (see Samson and Delilah)
- Pastors/church leaders can’t be our measuring stick (see 2 Cor. 11)
- Discomfort and offending others can’t be our measuring stick (see Jesus’ ministry)
2. Acts 15:1-22
- 15:7-11 – Peter’s experiences by the Holy Spirit was not enough affirmation
- 15:12 – Paul’s and Barnabas’s experiences by the Holy Spirit were not enough affirmation
- 15:14-21 – Only after James cited Scripture was the mattered settled to the early church
- 15:28 – The Spirit confirmed this. It wasn’t their own private interpretation of Scripture.
3. Deuteronomy 13:1-5
- Even fulfilled prophecy is not sufficient to determine truth (see also Acts 16:16-19)
- God’s Word is the ultimate standard of truth (compare Exodus 20:3 with Deut. 13:2)
- 2 Tim. 4:1-5
- Rev. 11:1-2
- “reed like a measuring rod” – represents canon
- Temple, altar, and worshipers measured – true worshipers will live by the Word and have a proper understanding of the Cross
- We need whole counsel of God’s word (Acts 20:27)
- Matt. 4:2; 2 Pet. 3:16 – Satan can twist and pull Scriptures out of context
- 1 Cor. 2:11 – The Author of the Bible (i.e. the Holy Spirit) is the only infallible and trustworthy Teacher/Interpreter of God’s Word. Submit to Him and teach others through this submission.