Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 9, 2020

Who Am I To Say?

(2 Minute Read. 09Sep2020)

Do you like people to agree with you?

But do people ever agree with you in a way that bothers you?

Here’s an example that repeatedly bothers me.
When discussing the Great Creator or Biblical truth, people sometimes say,
“I agree with what you said, but who am I to say?”

Who am I to say?
That’s actually a very good question that needs a clear and compelling answer.

We live in a day and age of hesitancy and reluctance to unequivocally proclaim truth. Many people are not even sure there is such a thing as truth.

Pilate’s question to Jesus, “What is truth?” is a fundamental question that many today cannot answer. (John 18:37-38)

Is this true?” is the basic question of life on so many levels, issues, and ideas.
“Am I sure?” “Can I affirm anything as true with certainty?”

How do I respond to such questions from believers — from people who agree with me but who are reluctant to positively assert their beliefs as truth?

I answer such questions with more questions like these.

Do you believe over 400 “Thus says the Lord” verses in the Bible?
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. (Isaiah 44:6 ESV)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,
“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone.”
(Isaiah 44:24)
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), “I am the Lord, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:18)

Do you believe in a God who speaks truth and communicates clearly?

Do you believe in Jesus of Nazareth, the God-man? Did He speak truth?

Since God and Jesus have spoken, isn’t it right and proper to repeat with assurance what They have said? Isn’t it right and proper to refute those who contradict?

So, again, the question:
Who am I to say?
I’m not anybody special.
But I do know the One who said,
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)
I can repeat with absolute certainty His Word found in the Bible.

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 ESV)

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Questions to Ponder

1. In your own words, how do you answer a suggestion that truth cannot be certain?
2. Which of the over 400 proclamations, “Thus says the Lord,” is especially meaningful and significant to you today?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday September 9, 2020 A.D.

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  1. Jesus never said “Thus says the Lord…”. He said “I tell you…” This is another way that Jesus proclaimed Himself to be God. He didn’t reference other rabbis as part of his teachings or parables. Half a dozen times in the Sermon on the Mount, He said “You have heard it said…, but I tell you…” This is the reason that the people were amazed because He spoke as one with authority unlike the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. He had the authority.

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  2. Here’s the one that bothers me: “We’ll just have to agree to disagree.” What that says to me is, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. I know I’m right and I don’t want to waste my time talking about it any further with YOU.” 🙂

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    • Yes, that is exasperating. The Holy Spirit can give you insight how to best interact with such responses.

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  3. The Jeremiah 9 passage is especially dear to my heart. Thank you so much for speaking truth when so few others will. Real truth. Written and presented well. Another excellent post! This was a blessing to read.

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