Exceeding What Is Written

The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church: “you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.” What divides the church these days is the all too common practice of going beyond what the scriptures explicitly state and declaring as doctrine man’s opinion.

The reasons we do this may be too numerous to name, but it may be that we just don’t like what certain scriptures declare, so we find a way to explain away the doctrines that we find unpalatable.

It has been this way since the beginning of the church, and it shows no signs of stopping.  In our sin, we demand that someone explain away anything that makes us uncomfortable.  It is only when we are being brutally honest with ourselves that we allow the Word of Christ to penetrate our toughened exteriors and soften our hardened hearts.

Fidelity to the truth is a rough and lonely road to trod.  Most people will continue to follow the crowd to popular venues and popular doctrines.  Very few will be courageous enough to ferret out the truth of God’s word and then live by it.  It is a sad fact, but it is one of the facts of life, and the sooner we accept it the happier we will be.  

Jesus is “The Word.”  He is the author of scripture, the embodiment of scripture, and the truth of scripture.  When we misunderstand scripture, we misunderstand him. 

— Brad Heilhecker