Matt. 22:29

Tom Harding

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.– (Matt. 22:29.)

Our blessed Lord answers the question of the Sadducees about the resurrection by telling them their problem. The problem is not with Christ and the truth of the resurrection, it is with the sinner. Here our Lord declares to us the root cause of all error and unbelief; it is ignorance of the scriptures and not knowing the power of God. These two truths are inseparable, there is no way of knowing and understanding the power of God apart from the revelation of holy scripture (Rom. 15:4; John 5:39; 20:31), nor is there any way of knowing and understanding the holy scriptures apart from the power of God revealing them unto us ( John 16:13-15; 1Cor. 2:9-14). Therefore, it becomes absolutely necessary for each of us to avoid error and ignorance by taking advantage of the inspired word of God, for what the scriptures speak God speaks (1Tim.3:16; 2Peter 1:20-21). He has promised to bless the truth of His word to the hearts of His people (Isa. 55:11). All who seek salvation by works of self righteousness, do so because of, "not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" (Rom. 10:1-4). Surely, all who seek salvation by and through the Lord Jesus do so because of knowing what the scriptures do teach, "salvation is of the Lord" (1John 5:21; 2Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5; John 14:6), and knowing the gospel is the power and the wisdom of God unto salvation (1Co. 1:18-31; Rom. 1:16).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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