On Christian Zeal: Part 3

3 Jun

bible

This is the third post in a series examining Christian zeal.  In this post we look at the second of the six marks of Christian zeal laid out in the first chapter of Joel Beeke and James La Belle’s book, Living Zealously:

Christian Zeal is ruled by Scripture.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his studies on the book of 1 John, writes:

While the effect of the New Testament teaching always is to steady us–and it steadies us of course by presenting us with the truth–it never makes a mere general statement…No, its message always is that there are certain great principles, and that if we only lay a firm hold upon them and grasp them, if only we base our lives upon them and plan the whole of our existence in terms of them, then we can never really go wrong.

If we are to love God (the first mark of Christian zeal), and be consumed by true Christian zeal, it must be ruled by Scripture.  The Scripture alone is the Lord God’s revelation of Himself, His ways of working in history, His redemptive plan, and His desires for His people. Without out, how are we to know the will and good pleasure of our Father in heaven?  

People, at times, allow visions, prophetic words, and their personal experience of God’s voice to rule their zeal.  Others take hold of cultural changes, political movements, and social causes, letting these rule their zeal.  Yet, if these are not in agreement with the clear teaching of Scripture, those whose zeal is built upon them have built upon falsehood.  Scripture alone is our infallible guide to that which God has called us, His people, to be and do, and, therefore, we should be willing to lay ourselves down as living sacrifices to this Word.

Praise God that He has given us such an extensive, detailed revelation that not only tells us the story of redemption (creation, fall, redemption, and restoration), but also guides us in how we live to the glory of God and our joy in Him.  As Lloyd-Jones earlier explains in the same study on 1 John, “It does not matter at what period of history you may happen to live, nor what may be happening in the world around you and about you, you will find that the position has been met and catered for and dealt with somewhere or another in the Bible.” The Scripture is sufficient to guide us through life, giving us hope and confidence, as well as our source of zeal. 

As it says in the 1869 Baptist Confession of Faith:

The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.  

Praise God for His Word! 

 

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