An Examination of 2 Timothy 2:15 and Matthew 20:18
We’ve got an exciting new video release for you from our “Church of Christ Sermons” channel. In this episode, we dive into the thought-provoking topic of “Respecting the Silence of Scripture” featuring the captivating speaker, Wendell Winkler. Get ready to have your understanding of biblical authority and worship practices expanded!
So, what can you expect to learn from this thought-provoking episode? Let’s take a look at the five key takeaways:
- The Power of Verse Comparison: Witness the insightful comparison between the American Standard Version and the King James rendering of Bible verses, shedding light on the importance of accurately understanding the word.
- Christ’s Authority: Explore the fascinating parallel between the government structure of the United States and the authority of Christ. Discover how all legislative, executive, and judicial power resides in our mighty Savior!
- Angels and Christ’s Supremacy: Uncover the role of angels in the past and how the Book of Hebrews establishes the supremacy of Christ, based on the silence of God’s revelation. Prepare to be in awe!
- Noah and the Principle of Respect: Delve into the story of Noah’s ark and how it illustrates the vital principle of respecting the silence of Scripture. Gain a deeper understanding of the consequences that can arise when this principle is not upheld.
- Applied to Religion and Worship: Get ready for a thought-provoking exploration of how the principle of respecting silence applies to areas such as the plan of salvation, New Testament worship, and living as a faithful follower of Christ.
And here’s a fun fact from the episode: Did you know that Wendell Winkler recalls growing up in East Texas, where oil wells are abundant? But even with their deep respect for oil, they recognize that the Bible only authorizes baptism in water – talk about an intriguing analogy!
We hope you found this sneak peek enticing and can’t wait for you to watch the full episode. Remember, it’s crucial to respect the silence of the Scriptures and be governed by what is explicitly authorized in the Bible. Let’s strive to be faithful followers of Christ, following His laws in our worship and daily lives.
Together, let’s deepen our understanding of the Word and live out our faith in a way that honors God.
- Comparing Bible versions (2 Timothy 2:15, Matthew 20:18)
- Rightly dividing the word
- Jesus’ authority in heaven and earth
- Comparison of government structure to Christ’s authority
- Angels and the giving of the law
- Christ’s superiority to angels
- Principle of respecting silence illustrated through Noah’s Ark
- Respecting the silence of scriptures in worship
- Inconsistencies in arguments on silence
- Luther and Zwingley’s views on silence
- Four observations on respecting silence
- Importance of being governed by the Bible
- Application of principle to various areas (plan of salvation, worship, living for Christ)
- Specific case of marriage and remarriage
- Abuse of the principle of respecting silence
- Exemplification and personification for understanding
- Importance of respecting silence in baptism, worship, and other practices
- Biblical authorizations through explicit directive, implication, approved events, and expedients
- Walking by faith and not by sight
- Faith comes from hearing God’s Word
- Using common sense and judgment to find expedients
- Not imposing strict rules and regulations
- Taking care of widows and orphans without specific instructions
- Seeking biblical authority in all aspects of religion.
Respecting the Silence of the Scriptures: “Whatsoever ye do in word, or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:08:42 → 00:10:33]
“Authority in Christ: In Christ we have all authority residing in him, whether it be executive he has the power to enforce, or it be legislative, he has the power to make said legislation, or whether it be judicial, the power of force to judge those who are subject to said law.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:11:42 → 00:13:08]
Viral topic: “Biblical Authorizations and the Sin of Presumption”
Quote: “If I cannot find authority for a given act in these realms, then for me to engage in that given atom is to do so without biblical authority and thus to commit the sin of presumption.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:18:03 → 00:19:36]
Angels and the Supremacy of Christ: “Here were these Hebrews that had such a great respect for and adoration for the angelic creation. And yet the Book of Hebrews chapter one says, christ is superior to the angels.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:25:07 → 00:26:29]
Respecting the Silence of God: “We must respect the silence of the revelation of God.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:27:15 → 00:28:31]
“Respecting the Silence of Divine Revelation: ‘What would have been wrong with Noah building that ark 500 cubits long? What would have been wrong with that? What would have been wrong with that is this he would not have been thus authorized by God thus to build the structure. God authorized Him to build that ark 300 cubits long.’”
— Wendell Winkler [00:31:17 → 00:32:33]
Silence of the Scriptures: “I never leave what the Bible says thou shalt not baptize in oil, but I respect the silence of the scriptures and I’m to be governed by what the Bible authorizes.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:36:19 → 00:37:40]
Respecting the Silence of the Scriptures: “Why do we say the guilty one does not have the right to contract his second marriage because God never did authorize that guilty one to remarry.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:40:20 → 00:41:42]
Silence of the Scriptures: “Sometimes, brethren have sought to bind where the Bible has been signed and thus where the Bible has taught us to teach, and has not legislated the exact house that’s to be done…many times not respecting the silence of Scriptures have tried to bind where God never did bind.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:41:43 → 00:43:26]
Respecting the Silence of the Scriptures: “Unless we learn and practice this matter of respecting the silence of the Scriptures, we will reproduce in the 20th century the condition existent as thus described in the last verse of the Book of Judges. And that is, we’ll ultimately do what the Bible says they did, and that is, every man will do that which is right in his own eyes.”
— Wendell Winkler [00:43:27 → 00:44:42]
Questions & Answers
Q: What is the main topic of the sermon in this video?
A: The main topic of the sermon is “Respecting the Silence of Scripture” in relation to religious worship and practice.
Q: What Bible verses are referenced in the sermon?
A: The speaker references 2 Timothy 2:15, Matthew 20:18, Colossians 3:17, Acts 20:7, 2 Corinthians 5:7, and Romans 10:17.
Q: What is the significance of the speaker’s comparison between the American government structure and the authority of Christ?
A: The speaker uses this comparison to illustrate that just as the United States has different branches of authority, Christ has all authority in heaven and earth.
Q: What is the argument made about the superiority of Christ over angels?
A: The speaker mentions that although the Hebrews had great respect for angels, the book of Hebrews argues for the supremacy of Christ based on the silence of God’s revelation.
Q: What is the speaker’s stance on respecting the silence of the Scriptures?
A: The speaker emphasizes the importance of respecting the silence of the Scriptures and being governed by what is specifically authorized in the Bible.
Q: Why do churches of Christ refuse to use mechanical instruments of music in worship?
A: The speaker states that churches of Christ refuse to use mechanical instruments of music in worship due to a sincere respect for the silence of God’s revelation, as the Bible only authorizes singing in worship.
Q: What is the sin of presumption mentioned in the sermon?
A: Engaging in an act without biblical authority is considered a sin of presumption, where individuals are presuming that their actions are acceptable to God without proper authorization.
Q: Is it necessary to have explicit directive, implication, approved events, or expedients for an act to be done by faith?
A: Yes, the speaker mentions that without explicit directive, implication, approved events, or expedients, an act cannot be done by faith.
Q: What caution is given regarding imposing strict rules and regulations in matters of religious practice?
A: The speaker warns against imposing strict rules and regulations where the Bible has not specified the exact methods or details, highlighting the importance of respecting the silence of the Scriptures and not binding where God has not bound.
Q: What verse does the speaker reference as a reminder to respect the silence of the Scriptures?
A: The speaker references Colossians 3:17, which states that whatever you do in word or deed should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.