Come now, let us reason together … (Isaiah 1:18).
I spent many hours in Kenya teaching the book of Romans in the Berean School of Ministry and Bible Institute. In one class session, I asked a question based on the text we were reading. One of the men began to answer by saying, “I think.” I stopped him mid-sentence.
When discussing Biblical and spiritual matters, it must never be “I think” but “the Bible says.” God’s Word is our sole authority for faith and practice, not our thoughts, ideas, speculations, revelations, or feelings. He has never asked for, nor needed our opinion. Our reasonings hold no value in spiritual matters nor to the infinite mind of God.
- Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him? (Isaiah 40:14)
- “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways” says the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)
- Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20)
When God said to Israel, Come now, let us reason together, He wasn’t inviting men to share their ideas on redemption, the divine relationship, or truth. Truth is not determined by a consensus of the majority of minds or the strength of human argument. Truth is determined by the God who is Truth incarnate (John 1:17; 14:6). God directs man to reason from the Scriptures – to understand truth – from God’s own spoken words.
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