Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • September 30, AD 2018
Get the Whole Counsel of God
- Do you want someone to take only part of what you say, or do you want him to consider all that you say?
- Why would we treat God’s word differently?
- We must consider how a passage fits into the entire narrative of God’s story.
- Jos 8.34–35
- Psa 119.160
- Jer 26.2
- Acts 20.26–27
- Notice how Jesus reasoned in Matthew 4.1–11.
- See how Satan also quoted Scripture back to Jesus.
- What did Jesus say to Satan’s quotation of Scripture?
- Did Satan misuse or pervert the text he quoted?
- Did he seek to make an application that God never intended?
- Did Satan’s quotation contradict any other passages?
- This is not Scripture against Scripture.
- This is seeing Scripture with the light of other Scripture.
- Many generations of the best legal minds determined that testimony should be: “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
- Do you think this is a good way to operate with the Scriptures?
- What is wrong with only taking part of the truth?
- For example, consider how people use Matthew 7.1.
- They do not consider John 7.24.
- They do not consider the context, which will be the next principle.