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No man can say that Jesus, is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

- I Corinthians 12:3b

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

- Ephesians 1:17-18

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.

- Isaiah 8:20

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words.

- I Timothy 6:3-4a

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book.

- Revelation 22: 18-19

 

What false beliefs and teachings will result from a religion which testifies of:
-Word only?
-Spirit only?

Therefore, both Word and Spirit must be emphasized. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. If one neglects to stress the Holy Spirit's work and only emphasizes the Word, the result will be only a mental, rather than an experiential knowledge, assent, and confidence in God, His Word, and His Christ. Only a cold, calculated, historical faith will be produced.


If the opposite takes place, however -if God's Word is neglected and only the work of the Holy Spirit is stressed -the result will be a mystical, subjective, feeling type of religion with no sure, indisputable basis. One person sincerely believes that the Holy Spirit moved him to do this, and another person believes that the Holy Spirit told him to say that, etc. We may not separate Word and Spirit, for God has joined them together. When the Holy Spirit speaks, teaches, or moves people, He does so according to God's Word. God cannot contradict God. The basis for one's religious beliefs may not be his personal thoughts or feelings - it must be God's infallible Word. When not basing his beliefs upon the Bible, a person may be very sincere, but be sincerely mistaken.


The contents or summary of saving faith is the core doctrine of Scripture, as briefly summarized in the Christian creeds. The Heidelberg Catechism states this clearly:


    Q. 22. What is then necessary for a Christian to believe?
    A. All things promised us in the gospel, which the articles of our catholic undoubted Christian faith briefly teach us.

    - Heidelberg Catechism, Q. and A. 22


The connecting link between a needy sinner and a rich Christ is true saving faith. The basis or ground of a person's salvation is not his faith; it is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. However, saving faith is necessary to link or connect the sinner to the rich source of salvation, Jesus Christ. Therefore, Scripture speaks of persons being saved by or through faith, but not because of their faith. The following story illustrates the meaning of this distinction.


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