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The Scriptures

 

A Study from R.A. Torrey's New Topical Textbook

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

 

Given by inspiration of God:

 

2 Timothy 3:16:

 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."

 

Given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

 

Acts 1:16; Hebrews 3:7;

 

2 Peter 1:21:

 

"For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."

 

Christ sanctioned, by appealing to them:

 

Matthew 4:4:

 

"It is written,‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

 

Mark 12:10;

 

 

 

Christ taught out of:

 

Luke 24:27:

 

"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."

 

ARE CALLED THE:

 

Word

 

James 1:21-23; 1 Peter 1:22-25 - Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,  since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (esv)

 

Word of God

 

Luke 11:28;

 

Hebrews 4:12:

 

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

 

Word of Christ

 

Colossians 3:16:

 

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

 

Word of truth

 

James 1:18

 

Holy Scriptures

 

Romans 1:2; 2 Timothy 3:15;

 

Scripture of truth

 

Daniel 10:21;

 

Book

 

Psalm 40:7; Revelation 22:19;

 

Book of the Lord

 

Isaiah 34:16;

 

Book of the law

 

Nehemiah 8:3; Galatians 3:10;

 

Law of the Lord

 

Psalm 1:2:

 

"But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night."

 

Isaiah 30:9;

 

Sword of the Spirit

 

Ephesians 6:17:

 

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

 

Oracles of God

 

Romans 3:2;

 

1 Peter 4:11:

 

"Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." (nasb)

 

Contain the promises of the gospel;

 

Romans 1:2;

 

Reveal the laws, statutes, and judgments of God:

Deuteronomy 4:5; Deuteronomy 4:14; Exodus 24:3; Exodus 24:4;

 

Record divine prophecies:

2 Peter 1:19-21:

 

"And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."

 

Testify of Christ:

John 5:39;

 

Acts 10:43:

 

"To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him

(Jesus) receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

 

Acts 18:28; 1 Corinthians 15:3;

 

Are full and sufficient:

Luke 16:29; Luke 16:31;

 

Are an unerring guide:

Proverbs 6:23:

 

"For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life." (nasb)

 

2 Peter 1:19;

 

Are able to make wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus:

2 Timothy 3:15:

 

"..from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."

 

Are profitable both for doctrine and practice:

2 Timothy 3:16-17:

 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work."

 

DESCRIBED AS:

 

Pure

Psalm 12:6:

 

"The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times." (nkjv)

 

Psalm 119:140:

 

"Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it."

 

Proverbs 30:5:

 

"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him." (nkjv)

 

True

Psalm 119:160:

 

"The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever." (nkjv)

 

John 17:17:

 

"Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth."

 

Perfect

Psalm 19:7:

 

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."

 

Precious

Psalm 19:10;

 

Quick and powerful

Hebrews 4:12;

 

Written for our instruction

Romans 15:4:

 

"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. "

 

Intended for the use of all men

Romans 16:26;

 

Nothing to be taken from, or added to

Deuteronomy 4:2;

 

Deuteronomy 12:32:

 

"Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it."

 

One portion of, to be compared with another

1 Corinthians 2:13;

 

DESIGNED FOR:

 

Regenerating

James 1:18:

 

"In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures." (nasb)

 

1 Peter 1:23:

 

"You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God." (rsv)

 

Quickening

Psalm 119:50; Psalm 119:93;

 

Illuminating

Psalm 119:130:

 

"Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people." (cev)

 

Converting the soul

Psalm 19:7;

 

Making wise the simple

Psalm 19:7;

 

Sanctifying

John 17:17:

 

"Your word is the truth. So let this truth make them completely yours." (cev)

Ephesians 5:26;

 

Producing faith

John 20:31:

 

" these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."

 

Producing hope

Psalm 119:49; Romans 15:4;

 

Producing obedience

Deuteronomy 17:19; Deuteronomy 17:20;

 

Cleansing the heart

John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26;

 

Cleansing the ways

Psalm 119:9:

 

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word."

 

Keeping from destructive paths

Psalm 17:4;

 

Supporting life

Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4;

 

Promoting growth in grace

1 Peter 2:2;

 

Building up in the faith

Acts 20:32:

 

"And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified."

 

Admonishing

Psalm 19:11; 1 Corinthians 10:11;

 

Comforting

Psalm 119:82; Romans 15:4;

 

Rejoicing the heart

Psalm 19:8; Psalm 119:111;

 

Work effectually in them that believe

1 Thessalonians 2:13:

 

"For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." (nkjv)

 

The letter of (Scripture), without the Spirit, kills

John 6:63; 2 Corinthians 3:6;

 

Ignorance of, a source of error

Matthew 22:29; Acts 13:27;

 

Christ enables us to understand

Luke 24:45:

 

"And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures."

 

The Holy Spirit enable us to understand

John 16:13:

 

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come." (rsv)

 

1 Corinthians 2:10-14;

 

No prophecy of, is of any private interpretation

2 Peter 1:20;

 

Everything should be tried by

Isaiah 8:20; Acts 17:11;

 

SHOULD BE:

 

The standard of teaching

1 Peter 4:11;

 

Believed

John 2:22;

 

Appealed to

1 Corinthians 1:31; 1 Peter 1:16;

 

Read

Deuteronomy 17:19; Isaiah 34:16;

 

Read publicly to ALL

Deuteronomy 31:11-13; Nehemiah 8:3; Jeremiah 36:6; Acts 13:15;

 

Known

2 Timothy 3:15;

 

Received, not as the word of men, but as the word of God

1 Thessalonians 2:13;

 

Received with meekness

James 1:21;

 

Searched

John 5:39; John 7:52;

 

Searched daily

Acts 17:11;

 

Laid up in the heart

Deuteronomy 6:6:

 

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart."

 

Deuteronomy 11:18;

 

Taught to children

Deuteronomy 6:7; Deuteronomy 11:18-19:

 

"You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

 

2 Timothy 3:15;

 

Taught to ALL

2 Chronicles 17:7-9; Nehemiah 8:7; Nehemiah 8:8;

 

Talked of continually

Deuteronomy 6:7:

 

"You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

 

Not handled deceitfully

2 Corinthians 4:2;

 

Not only heard, but obeyed

Matthew 7:24; Luke 11:28;

 

James 1:22:

 

"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

 

Used against our spiritual enemies

Matthew 4:4; Matthew 4:7; Matthew 4:10; Ephesians 6:11;

 

Ephesians 6:17:

 

"..and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

 

All should desire to hear

Nehemiah 8:1;

 

Mere hearers of, deceive themselves

James 1:22;

 

Advantage of possessing

Romans 3:2;

 

SAINTS (God's People):

 

Love (God's Word) exceedingly

Psalm 119:97; Psalm 119:113; Psalm 119:159; Psalm 119:167;

 

Delight in

Psalm 1:2;

 

Regard, as sweet

Psalm 119:103;

 

Esteem, above all things

Job 23:12;

 

Long after

Psalm 119:82;

 

Stand in awe of

Psalm 119:161;

 

Isaiah 66:2:

 

"All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word."

 

Keep, in remembrance

Psalm 119:16;

 

Grieve when men disobey

Psalm 119:158;

 

Hide, in their hearts

Psalm 119:11:

 

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

 

Hope in

Psalm 119:74; Psalm 119:81; Psalm 119:147;

 

Meditate in

Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119:99; Psalm 119:148;

 

Rejoice in

Psalm 119:162; Jeremiah 15:16;

 

Trust in

Psalm 119:42;

 

Obey

Psalm 119:67; Luke 8:21; John 17:6;

 

Speak of

Psalm 119:172;

 

Esteem, as a light

Psalm 119:105:

 

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

 

Pray to be taught

Psalm 119:12; Psalm 119:13; Psalm 119:33; Psalm 119:66;

 

Pray to be conformed to

Psalm 119:133;

 

Plead the promises of, in prayer

Psalm 119:25; Psalm 119:28; Psalm 119:41; Psalm 119:76; Psalm 119:169;

 

They who search, are truly noble

Acts 17:11;

 

Blessedness of hearing and obeying

Luke 11:28; James 1:25;

 

Let them dwell richly in you

Colossians 3:16;

 

THE WICKED:

 

Corrupt God's Word

2 Corinthians 2:17;

 

Make, of none effect through their traditions

Mark 7:9-13;

 

Reject God's Word

Jeremiah 8:9;

 

Stumble at

1 Peter 2:8;

 

Obey not

Psalm 119:158;

 

Frequently wrest (twist) , to their own destruction

2 Peter 3:16;

 

Denunciations against those who add to, or take from

Revelation 22:18; Revelation 22:19;

 

Destruction of (God's Word), punished

Jeremiah 36:29-31.

 

 

Author: Torrey, Reuben Archer (1856-1928).

 

Read the entire New Topical Textbook* by R. A. Torrey online at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/torrey/ttt.toc.html

 

*copyright 1897 by Fleming H. Revell Company

** Bible passages quoted above are from the English Standard Versions (esv) unless otherwise noted. 

 

 

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