Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
February 14, 1957

Christ Said It

Paul Brock, Dyersburg, Tennessee

There are many who have New Testaments with the sayings of Jesus in red. Some people will accept what Christ said, but reject the sayings of the apostles. These people fail to realize that an apostle WROTE EVEN THE SAYINGS OF JESUS, although they wrote by inspiration of the Spirit. The name Holy Spirit that inspired them to write the words of Jesus, inspired them when they gave certain commands and exhortations.

There are many while claiming to accept what Christ said, in reality accept only a small portion of his teaching. They do not accept all the words of Jesus, for if they did they would also have to accept the words of the apostles.

God Speaks Through Christ

The writer of the Hebrews says that God spoke to our fathers in time past by the prophets, but in these last days by HIS SON. (Heb. 1:1-2.) On the mount of transfiguration, God declared of Jesus, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him." (Matt. 17:5.) JESUS SAID, "He that heareth me not, keepeth not my sayings, and the words which ye hear ARE NOT MINE, BUT THE FATHER'S WHICH SENT ME." (John 14:24.) "AS MY FATHER HATH TAUGHT ME, I SPEAK THESE THINGS." (John 8:28.)

Christ Speaks Through The Apostles

JESUS SAID, "I have given UNTO THEM the words which thou gayest me." (John 17:8.) There could be no mistake when God gave his word to Christ, because it was a divine Father communing with his living Son, but when Jesus gave the words to the apostles that God had given him, it was necessary for the Holy Spirit to be sent to guide them into truth. "How be it when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all the truth; for he shall speak not of himself; but whatsoever HE SHALL HEAR, THAT SHALL HE SPEAK." (John 16:15.) The purpose of the coming of the Spirit was to guide the apostles into all the truth and bring to their... "REMEMBRANCE WHATSOEVER I HAVE SAID UNTO YOU." (John 14:26.) When the apostles spoke they spoke only the things that Jesus wanted them to speak.

Apostles Did Not Speak Anything But What The Spirit Revealed

"But I certify you brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me was not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, BUT BY REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST." (Gal. 1:11-12.) "The prophecy came not in old time by THE WILL OF MAN, but holy men of old spake as they were moved by the HOLY GHOST." (II Peter 1:21.)

What The Spirit Revealed Is In The Word Of God

The apostles were ambassadors. Unto them was given the WORD of reconciliation. (II Cor. 5:18-20.) Without the words of the apostles, we would be without hope of being reconciled to God. They had the WORD OF RECONCILIATION. They have given it to us in the New Testament. (Rom. 1:16-17; II Peter 1:3; II Tim. 3:14-17.)

We love the words of Jesus, but we know as we read the apostles writing that we are reading what the Holy Spirit, Christ and God have said. Our prayer is that many will accept not part of what JESUS SAID, but all that JESUS SAID.