A Short Study of Isaiah 8:20

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” 
(Isaiah 8:20)


Mysticism is forever being injected into the way we are to view the scriptures. It is a subtle error not easily distinguished. The idea is that the truth depends on how I see it subjectively rather than being an objective revelation from God. It follows that some may know some truth by an inward revelation that cannot be known simply by the written word of God. Furthermore, men do not receive the scriptures as saying what they actually say, they see and know more. Granted the Spirit of God must reveal the truth of the written word of God. But His revelation of the truth is based solely on that written word. He does not reveal anything more or different from that objective standard of the truth. Christ said that the Holy Spirit takes the things of Christ and shows them to His people. Something is not true because one believes it but rather what we believe is to be judged true or false by a measure outside of us, the Holy Scriptures. It does not matter what we feel or what might be logical to us, it matters what “Thus saith the LORD.” God-given faith believes God not our own deceitful hearts or any other sinner. Paul’s word on the ship state the principle: “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:25) 

Thus it is with every true believer, we believe God which means we believe “that it shall be even as it WAS TOLD me” by God in His word! It is not my subjective experience of Christ’s work in me that saves me but the work He accomplished outside me, on the cross, that saves and justifies me before God. Oh, the revelation of Christ in us is glorious but it is the realization of what He has done for us that makes us to rejoice. The truth is the truth whether anyone believes it or experiences its benefits within them or not. The seat of authority is not the mind of man but the word of God. The more mysticism influences our thought the more the words of men are exalted above the word of God. The more man is exalted the more he is proud and self-righteous. A distinction between the knowing ones (gnostics) and the ordinary believer is made and priest craft thrives which God hates! If I am a preacher of the truth, let me say what God says in His word, no less and certainly no more. His word of truth is the gospel of our salvation. Let this forever be our standard: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20)

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