The Scriptures Are Powerful Enough To Be Dangerous
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. The word of God is powerful (Hebrews 4:12).
1. Compared to a fire and a hammer (Jeremiah 20:9 and Jeremiah 23:29).
2. It is incorruptible and unceasing (I Peter 1:23-25).
3. Called the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
B. Though powerful, the Scriptures are not so beyond us that they cannot be learned (II Timothy 3:15).
1. The word of God can be taught in an understandable manner (Nehemiah 8:8).
2. The word of God can be read and understood (Ephesians 3:1-4).
II. Body: Handle GodŐs Word Carefully (II Corinthians 2:17).
A. In the right hands (Acts 20:26-27), the Scriptures are powerful enough to save (James 1:21 and Romans 1:16).
1. The Scriptures bring about conversion (Psalms 19:7).
2. Handling the word aright does not allow for enticing words of manŐs wisdom (I Corinthians 2:1-5).
4. The Scriptures can also be properly used to build up (Acts 20:32).
4. In the right hands, the word of God is not always ŇpositiveÓ for the hearer (Jeremiah 5:14, Hosea 6:5, and II Timothy 4:2-5).
B. In the wrong hands (I Timothy 1:3-7), the Scriptures are powerful enough to destroy (II Timothy 2:14-18).
1. People twist the Scriptures (II Peter 3:15-17).
2. It doesnŐt take a whole new doctrine either (Galatians 1:6-10).
C. Consider a few examples of perversions of the truth that cause some to be damnedÉ
1. Taking Scriptures such as Acts 2:38 or Ephesians 2:8 and saying thatŐs it (cf. Matthew 18:3, Luke 14:25-33, Acts 2:40, Romans 8:24, Colossians 1:23, etc.).
2. Taking Scriptures such as Matthew 5:22 and saying you cannot say an erring Christian is a fool (cf. Matthew 7:26-27 and Galatians 3:1-3).
3. Taking Scriptures such as Ephesians 4:15 and saying you sin when you use terms that are offensive:
a. Those idiots who use that argument are calling Jesus a sinner (Matthew 16:21-23, Matthew 17:17, Matthew 23:13-33, Luke 11:31-32, John 8:44, and John 8:55).
b. Likewise, they damn Paul when they say that (Acts 13:8-11, Acts 17:22, Romans 10:1-3, and Galatians 2:11-17).
c. Likewise, they damn John (Matthew 3:7) and the prophets of the Old Testament (Psalms 94:8, Proverbs 12:1, Jeremiah 3:1, Ezekiel 16:28, Isaiah 56:10-12, Hosea 8:8-9, etc.).
4. Taking Scriptures such as John 3:16 and saying God loves everyone (cf. Psalms 5:4-6, Psalms 11:5-7, and Hebrews 1:8-9).
5. Taking Scriptures such as Romans 3:23 (ignoring the context v.10ff.) and saying everyone is a sinner [present tense] (cf. Romans 6:1-2, I Corinthians 15:34, II Corinthians 7:1, and II Timothy 2:19).
6. Taking Scriptures such as Psalms 144:15 and saying Christians should never be sad or troubled (cf. Luke 19:41-42, Romans 9:1-3, and Philippians 3:18-19).
7. Taking Scriptures such as Titus 1:5 and saying elders should be over every congregation in a city (cf. Acts 14:23 and I Peter 5:1-3).
D. Even though the Scriptures are powerful enough to save, how one receives them changes whether they save or condemn (Acts 13:26-46).
1. The right attitude and heart correctly receives the teaching of the truth (Luke 8:15, Acts 17:10-11, and Romans 6:17).
2. Rejection leads to delusion and damnation (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
III. Conclusion: There Are Grave Consequences If We Handle The Word Of God Incorrectly (Proverbs 30:5-6 and Revelation 22:18-19).
© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager