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Illustrations by Paul Agner
God is the Creator (Genesis 1). Because He is the Creator, He is the one who is in control of everything. He is the supreme authority over His creation.
Jesus (who is God) showed us His authority when He was on earth by commanding the wind and the waves to be still (Matthew 8:23–27).
Because the Bible is the Word of the Creator, we accept it as our bedrock base, our absolute authority, in every subject that it teaches on. Since it is the complete Word of God, who cannot lie, we can trust the Bible to always tell us the truth.
While He was on earth, the Lord Jesus loved and obeyed God’s Word (for example, see Matthew 4 and John 3:34). He studied the Old Testament, and He is the one the New Testament is written about!
When people had questions, Jesus quoted from the Old Testament to answer them (Mark 12). He used Scripture to show people where they were wrong (Mark 12:24). And He warned people not to add or to subtract from the Word of God (Mark 7:1–12).
We should follow His example by learning the Word of God, loving the Word of God, and living in the way that the Word of God tells us to live. When we have questions about what is right or wrong or true or false, we need to study the Bible to find the answers.
Authority: Person in command