Sermon Importance of Scripture

Luke 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed.
The Importance of Scripture
Three observations naturally arise from these words: that there are some things in which all real converts have been instructed; that the certain knowledge of these things may yet be wanting, and is to be obtained; and that this certainty of knowledge is very desirable.
1. Observe that there are some things in which all real converts are instructed by reading, meditation, the teachings of men, but especially by the Spirit of God; and they are such things as these:
1. The nature of God, and his infinite and adorable perfections; his excellent majesty, inflexible justice, unspotted purity, boundless mercy, inviolable faithfulness, and truth; what he is in himself, and what he is to his people.
2. The original corruption and depravity of mankind.
3. The vanity of all sublunary objects, and their utter insufficiency to satisfy the cravings of an immortal, or yield relief to a distressed, soul.
4. The extent and spirituality of the Divine law, and consequently the utter impossibility of obtaining salvation by the works of it.
5. That there is salvation in no other but the Lord Jesus Christ, and that it is to be obtained fully and freely through him ; that his blood has procured the remission of sin; that his grace frees from the power and pollution of it, and that his righteousness is the foundation of their acceptance with God. That by his obedience and sufferings justice is satisfied, the law fulfilled, the greatest honour accrues to God, and the greatest joy and happiness to man.
6. That faith is absolutely necessary to a comfortable sense of interest in Christ, and good works the genuine evidence of it.
2. Observe where persons have been instructed in the foregoing things, yet a certainty of knowledge with respect to them may be wanting, and is to be obtained; for the illustration of which we may observe
1. This is not a natural, but a divine, attainment; as knowledge itself, so a certainty of knowledge is from God.
2. This is not an instantaneous, but gradual work.
3. This certainty of knowledge will not be so perfect as to admit of no increase till the saints get
3. Observe this certainty of knowledge is very desirable, and that on the following accounts:
1. Hereby our minds will be freed from doubtfulness, distraction, and many perplexing inquiries ; we shall no longer be like children, carried about with every new notion, or, as the Apostle expresses it, " ever learning, and yet never coming to the knowledge of the truth." This will be an antidote against disquietude and uneasiness, and a great deal of unnecessary trouble will be hereby prevented.
2. This will prevent our being imposed upon by the arts and intrigues of crafty and designing men; we shall stand unmoved, like rocks in the midst of the foaming waves, resisting all their force and impetuosity ...
3. Certainty of knowledge tends to the improvement of our graces, the increase of our comfort, and our growing fruitfulness. The more knowledge the more holiness.
4. Lastly, hereby we shall be emboldened to plead, and, if called thereto, to suffer for the truth.
It was a noble saying of Dr. Taylor, when promised his life if he would renounce his wife: " That it is lawful for priests to marry," said he, " I know is not a fundamental truth: but because I know it is the truth of God, rather than part with any truth I will part with my life." Let all, then, be excited to seek after this certainty of knowledge; you see how desirable it is, let it be the object of your pursuit; pray for it; use the means to obtain it; and be not contented until you acquire it. ...

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Steve Finnell said...


What are the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? Did Jesus give us the terms of forgiveness from sin before He died or after His death and resurrection?


1. Luke 18:18-22 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? .....20 "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' Do not murder,' Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' ' Honor your father and your mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." 22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "you still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; come, follow Me."(NKJV)

Would the rich ruler have been saved had he obey Jesus? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant. No, He was not.

2. Mark 2:1-5....5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,"Son, your sins are forgiven you."(NKJV)

Were the sins of the paralytic forgiven? Yes. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant men will have their sins forgiven because of the faith of friends? No. He was not.

3. John 8:3-11....10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the women, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."(NKJV)

Was the woman condemned by Jesus? No, she was not. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant if no man condemns you that I will not condemn you? No, He was not.

4. Luke 23 39-43 .....Then one of the criminals who was hanged blasphemed Him, saying , "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us". 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying , "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds ; but this Man has done nothing wrong."42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom." 43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."(NKJV)

Was the thief saved? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? No, He was not.


Mark 16:14-16 After He appeared to the eleven...16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

Jesus gave the terms for pardon, under the New Covenant, after He was resurrected.

Luke 24:36-47 ....."and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.(NKJV)

Peter gave us the terms for pardon under the New Covenant at Jerusalem on 33AD. Acts 2:22-41
Peter preached the terms for pardon under the New Covenant.

Faith: John 3:16
Confession: Romans 10:9
Repentance: Acts 2:38
Water Immersion: Acts 2:38

Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to be baptized in order to be saved.

Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to repent to have their sins washed away.

Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift , the Holy Spirit. (The Living Bible -Paraphrased)

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