Don’t Add to It

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

Proverbs 30:5-6

Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 1:20-21

Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Adding to the Word means adding anything to it that makes you the center of your relationship to God.

Jesus answered them and said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father God except THROUGH me.”

Adding to the Word means leaning on your own behavior, practices, or traditions to have right standing with God.

You can’t….
Read your bible enough…
Pray enough…
Rest enough…
Serve enough…
Give enough…
Meditate enough…
Do enough…
To be right with God.

Only Jesus. Nothing else. Sure. Should you do all of those things? Absolutely! But THAT isn’t what makes you righteous. Doing all of those things isn’t what makes you a “good person”. Don’t add to what Jesus already did by thinking YOU have to be good. HE was good in your place. Equipping comes from believing that what He said is true and that He is faithful and just to forgive. You read the Bible to know what to believe – That God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Read the bible to know what to believe about Jesus and how good He is, not to feel good about yourself – God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us; that is very good.

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