Today's encouragement comes from Luke 24:27, where we find these words:
"And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He [Christ] expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself."
Why did Jesus employ the Scriptures (only), when He was teaching His disciples all things concerning Himself? Why did He not use tradition, councils, and the opinions of ancient church leaders? Because those sources were not inspired of God--they had no authority over His dis-ciples' consciences.
Let us be sure we garner what we are going to know about God from the Holy Scriptures. This will require the ministry of the church, to be sure--but your ministers, if they are faithful, will be seeking to preach the Christ revealed to us in His resurrection and His Holy Book.
[Puritan quote of the day: "None can better discover Satan's sleights and policies, than those who have been long in the fencing-school of temptation." --Thomas Watson, in, "All Things for Good"]