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Daily Devotional

March 13

A First Book of Daily Readings

by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)

The rock of Scripture

... All teaching and all truth and all doctrine must be tested in the light of the Scriptures. Here is God's revelation of Him­self, given in parts and portions in the Old Testament with an increasing clarity and with a culminating finality, coming eventually "in the fulness of the times" to the perfect, absolute, final revelation in God the Son. He in turn enlightens and reveals His will and teaching to these apostles, endows them with a unique authority, fills them with the needed ability and power, and gives them the teaching that is essential to the well-being of the Church and God's people. We can build only upon this one, unique, authority.

The choice for us today is really as simple as it was for those first Christians in the early days. We either accept this authority or else we accept the authority of "modern knowledge," modern science, human understanding, human ability. It is one or the other....

For us ... there is no real choice. On the one hand, trusting to human ability and understanding, everything is flux and change, uncertain and insecure, ever liable to collapse. On the other is not only "the impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture," but there is the Light of the world, the Word of God, the Truth itself....

The Lord of the Church has declared: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away." It is a word that abides in time; it is a word that abides in death; it is a word that shall confront us in eternity.

Authority, pp. 60-1



“Text reproduced from ‘A First Book of Daily Readings’ by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, published by Epworth Press 1970 & 1977 © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. Used with permission.”

Comments on D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, A First Book of Daily Readings

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