The Constitution of the United States is a marvel, a model for other nations. The wisdom of those who developed it is seen in its durability. For more than two centuries it has served us well.
The Constitution has built into it provisions for change. It has been amended more than two dozen times since it was first written. Additional amendments are likely—if the world stands and our nation endures.
In some ways the Constitution is for our nation what the New Testament is for the church. It is what we go by, our governing document.
There are, however, some significant differences. First, the New Testament is inspired by God (1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 14:37; Ephesians 3:3-5; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Revelation 1:1-3); the Constitution is not.
Second, the New Testament is more than a legal code. Though it definitely does contain law, which God expects us to obey, it is much more than law. It tells a story—of a God who loves us, a Christ who died and rose for us, and the eternal kingdom, the church, made up of Jesus’ redeemed people.
The New Testament also dares to prophesy the future, something the Constitution does not attempt. In addition, it has a divine power within it capable of turning a soul from darkness to the light (Acts 20:32; 26:16-18; Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:21).
Third, the New Testament has no provision for amendment. It is complete. It is final. Jude, the Lord’s brother, speaks of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).
Completed around the end of the first century A.D., the New Testament was designed by God to continue unchanged until the end of time, serving the needs of the church in every generation.
Therefore should we listen when self-styled prophets arise to give us, they claim, a word from God to supplement the Word of God?
God has already spoken.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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