Who does man think he is when he tries to dictate to God?
Jehovah God, creator of all things, the giver of eternal life to all who will obey him, the being who gave his only begotten son for the redemption of mankind is not to be told what to do, or to have his word ignored by mankind. Yet it seems that man has determined to do that very thing.
Man by himself is not capable of finding his way spiritually without the divine guidance found in God’s word. “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Jeremiah knew man’s weakness and that guidance from God was needed. God has not left man to fumble around looking for direction; he has given man his word to follow.
Paul wrote, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This passage shows that God’s word is just that — it is God-breathed, it is from the mind of God. It is not man’s thoughts on what God said; it is from God.
This is what Jesus taught when he told his apostles to wait for the Holy Spirit. The Spirit would direct them into all truth, bringing to their memories the things they had been taught, and would not speak of himself, but would testify of Christ, glorifying him (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-14). That Spirit came upon the apostles on the Day of Pentecost and is recorded for us in Acts chapter two. On that day, they were able to speak in foreign languages so that the nations gathered in Jerusalem were able to hear them. “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” (Acts 2:5–8).
God’s message to man has been delivered and it is not for man to try and change it. Man may try, and even say things different from what the Bible teaches, but man has not changed the true word of God.
This was tried in the days of the apostles. It was wrong then, and it is wrong now. Again, we turn to Paul’s writings: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:6 – 12).
Those who would seek to change God’s word should study this passage carefully. To be accursed means to be cut off totally from God.
The Bible is God’s direction book for man. It must be studied and obeyed if man is to have eternal life.