Written by: Tim Wood
In April, 1521, Martin Luther appeared before church leaders who were accusing him of heresy. They had given him the ultimatum to repudiate his unwavering faith in the sufficiency of the Scriptures. It is recorded that Luther responded, “Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason, I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other. My conscience is captive to the word of God. God help me. Here I stand.”
What an example! Let the Scriptures bring conviction to your life. Allow your conscience to be captive to the Word of God. Stand on the Scriptures alone (Sola Scriptura). These are three pillars to build faith and increase hope.
On another occasion Luther wrote, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.” Luther knew that the Bible was God’s Word and therefore most important. He realized the Word provides unparalleled and eternal benefits. If this is true, and I believe it is, what should our responses be to God’s Word?
We should believe it - John 6: 68-69 “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
We should honor it – Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”
We should love it – Psalm 119:97 “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.”
We should obey it – 1 John 2:5 “But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him.”
Like Martin Luther, let us stand on God’s Word.