I am thankful for men like Luther and all the reformers whose desire it was to place the Word in the hands of everyday people. I am thankful for those people who stick to the integrity of the Word and not push it beyond where God intended it to go in order to elevate their own way of thinking and importance.
In Acts 4:1-13 there is an interesting section where the religious leaders were grieved that Peter taught the people about Jesus Christ and the resurrection from the dead. Shouldn’t they have been happy that Jesus Christ was preached and that PEOPLE would begin to understand what the resurrection means? Unfortunately these religious leaders were elitist (the word ‘pharisee’ means ‘separate’- omg with a little ‘g’) snobs that Jesus Christ confronted time after time.
Peter was just a simple fisherman. Tracing his life through the book of Acts, it is easy to see why God gave him the mission that he did. In Acts 10, as he continued to give and grow, it is plain to see his meekness and humility to God as he ‘did the doing’ of God’s Word. In his last entry in God’s word (II Peter 3), he refers to ‘our beloved brother Paul’ and the Pauline epistles as the ‘wisdom given unto him’ that he ‘hath written unto you’. Peter warns about those that are unlearned (untaught) and unstable (not firmly set) that ‘wrest’ or’ twist’ the Word (Check the word ‘wrest’ out in Bullinger’s Lexicon). Paul spoke and wrote the Word that he was taught by God.
How do you know when you have the Word of God? Take a look at what Jesus Christ said in John 7:14-18:
Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. The Judeans there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
All the men and women of history from Jesus Christ to Peter, Paul, the reformers or anyone who chooses to DO the Word of God will know it is true! Both doctrine and practice bring about the will of God. The first two letters in 'doctrine' are "do"! Anyone who does the Word ends up glorifying God!
“Oh my God!”