Where do we learn the truth?
From the Bible alone.
Christianity presents us with unique historical facts and spiritual truths that are to be understood and believed (1 John 1:1-4).
The deity of Christ (John 20:31);
His Incarnation (1 John 4:2, 3; 2 John 7; John 1:14);
His atoning death for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 John 2:2; 4:10);
His resurrection (John 20:26-29; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 2:32);
His ascension (Acts 7:55, 56; Hebrews 1:3; 2:9);
His second coming (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
All that is taught must be examined and tested in the light of what the Bible says.
The record of these historical facts and the witness to these spiritual truths are found in the Bible (Luke 1:1-4).
The deity of Christ (John 1:1-14; Matthew 16:13-20);
His Incarnation (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-7);
His atoning death for our sins (Matthew 27:26-61; Mark 15:15-41; Luke 23:27-49; John 19:13-37);
His resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-13; Luke 24:1-48; John 20:1-29; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8);
His ascension (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11);
His second coming (Matthew 24:3-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
The authoritative significance or interpretation of any fact or truth of Christianity is what the Bible gives (John 20:30-31; 1 Corinthians 10:11).
Many of the truths of Christianity need explanation in detail (Luke 24:27; Acts 18:26).
Human understanding, unaided, cannot provide the satisfactory explanation (Matthew 16:17; 1 Corinthians 2:14).
The Scriptures were given by God to provide us with the illumination and instruction we need (Psalms 119:130; Matthew 21:42; Romans 15:4) - the basis on which the gospel is preached is the statements of the Scriptures (Luke 24:44-47; Acts 10:43; Acts 17:2; Acts 18:28; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
The Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures to explain truths to which we would otherwise be blind (Luke 24:27).
When we fail to understand what the Scriptures say on a subject, we soon make mistaken judgments on spiritual matters (Mark 12:24; Matthew 22:29).
The Bible alone must be our authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The Bible is authoritative (Matthew 22:31).
It is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
The revelation the Bible provides is final - anything that goes against it is false (Isaiah 8:20; Galations 1:8-9).
The revelation God has given in the Bible - through prophets, apostles and through the Lord Jesus Christ - is the foundation of the Church (Ephesians 2:20).
All that is taught must be examined and tested in the light of what the Bible says (Acts 17:11).
What the Bible says must be the deciding factor in any decision that has to be made (Matthew 4:1-11; Acts 15:14-15).
The Bible teaches us all that is right and true and equips us to live in a way that pleases God (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
If we fail to recognize the Bible's supreme authority in matters of faith and conduct, we find ourselves breaking God's commandments by paying attention to lesser authorities (Matthew 15:1-9).
Hollow and delusive speculations based upon traditions of human teaching quickly capture our attention if we neglect the Bible's authority (Colossians 2:8).
Everything points logically to the supreme authority of the Bible whenever Christianity is under consideration.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to fulfil the promises made by God in the Old Testament Scriptures (Luke 24:27, Luke 24:44).
The New Testament came into being because of the saving work of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1; Luke 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:25; Revelation 1:19).
The Spirit of Christ who caused the Old Testament Scriptures to be written also caused the New Testament Scriptures to be written (John 14:26; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 1:10-11).