1 Corinthians 2-4

"Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: 'Do not go beyond what is written.' Then you will not take pride in one man over against another."  I Corinthians 4:6, NIV 

I love this passage, because it protects us. It protects us from supposedly smart men who say that they have discovered a "secret" truth hidden in the Bible. It protects us from deceitful men who say that God has spoken to them. It protects us from proud men who think that they can overrule God's Word with their opinions.

How does this passage protect us from such men? By simply telling us not to go beyond what is written!

So, when people tell you that you can sin without consequence, you know that they are wrong because the Bible says otherwise. When men tell you that God says for you to sell your homes and give the proceeds to them, you know that they are wrong because the Bible doesn't say that. When men say that they know when Jesus is coming again, you know that they don't because Jesus says not even He has been given that knowledge.

And, when men make up their own plans of salvation, or their own rules on sexual immorality, or their own way to worship, or whatever else that men can come up with to challenge the authority of God, we can know that they are wrong and that we don't have to follow them. Why? Because we do not go beyond what is written!

Do you like this passage, too?

"If you hold to My teaching, you really are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  John 8:31-32, NIV