Beginning Bible Studies
05. Prove All Things
Prove All Things
There is a definite problem in the religious world today and among religious individuals who claim to have the truth, yet refuse to “prove all things” (I Thessalonians 5:21) – or are afraid to do so. There appear to be too many who will not or cannot “give answer to every man” (I Peter 3:15) concerning their faith. No one who holds a faith should be afraid to examine that faith in the light of God’s word. A faith that is not allowed to be challenged or examined is one that is not worth having or holding.
Our faith must be based upon the Truth. It would seem that in religion, many base their faith upon selfish and deceitful feelings or upon human wisdom and man-made traditions rather then upon the Word of God. Yet in God’s word, we find that self, tradition, and human wisdom are absolutely condemned as a basis for faith and Truth: See Proverbs 14:26; Jeremiah 10:23; 17:9; Matthew 15:7-14; Mark 7:6-9; I Corinthians 1:18-2:16.
It is from Jesus, the Son of God that we learn what Truth is and where it can be found: “The Word of God is Truth” (John 17:17). In religion, Truth is only found in the Word of God and our faith is to be founded only upon that Word: “Faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). It is thus to the inspired Word that we must go for our authority for everything we do or say in religion (Colossians 3:17; I Peter 4:11; I Corinthians 4:6), and in doing so we must “handle carefully the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 3:15). It is in our respect, understanding, and obedience to the Scripture that we can be made “wise unto salvation” (II Timothy 3:14-17).
The Word of God is inspired (II Peter 1:20; II Timothy 3:16-17); perfect (James 1:21-25); complete and “delivered once and for all unto the saints” (Jude 3). The Word, when obeyed, can “purify the soul” (I Peter 1:22-25); and can make the individual child of God everything God wants him/her to be (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Thus, let us “prove all things and hold fast to that which is good” and make sure that we are God’s people holding to the “one faith” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Truth has nothing to fear from honest investigation. The only thing that will suffer from the honest investigation of God’s Word is error. Come and study with us; investigate God’s Word and see if the things we speak are from the Scriptures alone (Acts 17:11). If they are not, we would consider you our friend if you would “expound unto us the Way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26). If you would like to know more about God’s Word please call on us. If you have any Bible questions, please email us here.