The Process of God’s Completed Word (Part 3)

The Writing of Paul the Apostle (Evidence from His Epistles)

I Corinthians 15:3-4

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3-4).

The “third day” that is “according to the Scriptures” is only found in Matthew and Luke, not in the Hebrew Scriptures. This passage shows us that the “Gospels” were already in place and in use by the Corinthians saints!

Colossians 3:16

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom … (Colossians 3:16).

The Colossian saints had the Word of God – and it was not just the “Gospels” that they had (c.f. II Corinthians 5:16). They had the Word of Christ revealed through Paul. They had Paul’s epistles!

Paul speaking to Timothy about his own writings calls them “wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ (I Timothy 6:3).

Paul already had written from six to nine epistles by this time (depending on which timetable one uses).

Titus 1:9

Holding fast the Faithful Word as he has been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers (Titus 1:9).

Titus and the Cretian elders had the Word to which they could hold fast. It was in their possession!

II Timothy 4:2

Preach the Word (II Timothy 4:2).

Timothy had the Word of God in his possession too; and he was to “preach” it! Paul did not say “prophesy;” he said “preach the Word” – “herald the word” – “proclaim the Word.” Timothy did not need to generate, or produce the Word of God; he had it in his ownership – from Paul’s pen – and this instruction was Paul’s final letter: the Word of God was now finished and complete.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2004, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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