God does, “for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name”. Psalm 138:2. Jesus Christ does because He is the word of God made flesh. John 1:14. Others who watch the scriptures are Angels, Prophets, Kings, Ministers. Publicans and believers who want to make success of their efforts to serve God with all their heart and might and soul. No being, living or dead is above the word of God. We are commanded to live by every word (not some selected scriptures) that proceeds from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4. The scriptures is the absolute, it is all sufficient, hence, it cannot be substituted. If we watch the scriptures, we will prosper and live but where we ignore it, we will definitely fail and perish.
Judas Iscariot was an apostle in the Ministry. The tragedy of his testimony as a minister came when he looked away from the scriptures and monetized his master through covetousness. He died. “Godliness with contentment is great gain”. 1Timothy 6:6.
Samson had public success in his ministry but he was a secret failure. He womanized. He revealed the secret covenant vow contrary to scriptures. Do you have a hidden agenda like Samson? Your sin could find you out.
The Pharisees and the Sadducees were no doubt sincere in their services to God but they were sincerely wrong. How? They set aside the very scriptures meant to guide their beliefs and doctrines and formulated commandments and traditions of men and elders respectively. The two sects ended up being rivals, between them there was dissension. Acts 23:7 – 8, “for the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel nor spirit, but the Pharisees confess both”. The tradition of the elders, the commandment of men, creeds, dogma and church tenets were and still today reckoned above the word of God. Matthew 15:2 – 3. They came to Jesus saying “why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders”? There is no private interpretation to the Bible. God is His own interpreter.
Your beliefs, you church teachings, are they in accordance with scripture? A common example is water baptism. Majority are in error in this ordinance because they follow the popular denominational water baptism teaching and practice (some sprinkle water, others pour water and others by immersion) in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost”. I was caught in this error of church tradition until I found out baptismal examples in the scriptures that the over Three Thousand persons baptized in the Acts of the Apostles; from the day of Pentecost were immersed the same day they believed the gospel in the name of Jesus Christ (Not in the name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost). Paul asked some disciples in Acts 19:1 – 7, how were you baptized? Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? These disciples had to be re-baptized. I had to be re-baptized too to correct my first baptismal error by church tradition.
Let us consider Rev. 19:10. It is a dramatic incidence where John the Apostle bowed to worship an Angel. The Angel rejected the worship and counseled John to worship God because by scriptures, the first commandment in Exodus 20:1 – 2, worship is to be given to God alone. Who then is Jesus Christ? He was worshipped by the wise men. Matthew 2:11. Devils trembled and worshipped him Mark 5:6 – 7. He even accepted the worship of his disciples. Matthew 28:17. He must be the same Jehovah, God Almighty in human form, Emmanuel. In Mark 2:10, “I have power to forgive sin”, it stung the Pharisees, because only Jehovah has power to forgive sin, invariably this Jesus is the Jehovah. If they have watched the scriptures, they would have known who Jesus was and is today, the very God who created heaven and earth.
A prostitute woman in John 4:1 – 20 was able to identify Jesus Christ as the expected Messiah when Jesus manifested the sign of a true prophet, the word of knowledge. The Samaritans watched the fulfillment of scriptures.
If Miriam the Prophetess had watched scriptures in Psalm 105:15 “touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm” she would not have spoken against Moses in Numbers 12:1 – 8. She did and incurred God’s wrath and was smitten with leprosy. You remember Uzzah, how he perished in his zeal, for handling the Ark of God being not a Priest. 2Chron. 13.
John the Baptist identified himself as the voice that cried in the wilderness and went on to identify Jesus Christ and declared Him “Behold the lamb that taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:23 – 29.
Nicodemus met Jesus one night. He wanted to be sure he is not just a church member but that his spiritual birth mirrors bible pattern. He learnt a vital lesson how to be born again. John 3:1 – 7. The Lord Jesus does nothing, says nothing but what is written in scripture. Psalm 40:7 – 8, “Lo, I come in the volume of the book. It is written of me. I delight to do thy will, O my God. Yea, thy law is within my heart”. From His birth to His death and resurrection, He lived by every scripture. Are you a believer? Can you see yourself in the scriptures? Cain passed as a mere church goer. He had enough religion to kill his brother, Abel. When the scripture is misinterpreted, it looses potency, when church leaders dislocate the scriptures, it looses the power to give life, church members becomes worldly, carnal and ordinary. “Not all who say Lord!, Lord!! shall enter into the Kingdom of God”. Whatsoever you do in words and indeed do it by the scriptures. Colossians 3:17. It is the only road map to eternal life. “If you love me, keep my commandments”. It meant, watch the scriptures.
Frank Oboden Olomukoro
Christian Ministry of Reconciliation