Living on the Basis of the Word of God Alone
We are not only obligated to know the Word of God, but also to live by it. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul explores the temptation of Jesus.
“Jesus answered him, saying, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone.”’” Now suppose He just stopped right there and said, “No, I can’t turn these stones into bread because I’m in the middle of a fast, and though it’s perfectly legitimate on normal occasions to have breakfast, when you’re in the midst of this kind of test, that’s not allowed, so that’s all right with me. I can – I can survive in these days without any physical nourishment if that’s what God wants Me to do. After all, Satan, man doesn’t live by bread alone.” But then He goes on to finish the statement: “…but by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God.” It’s as if Jesus is saying, “I am the New Adam. The first Adam did not last very long living by the Word of God, but My task, My vocation is to fulfill the original destiny and purpose of the human race, to live on the basis of every single word that comes from the mouth of God, and what is that compared to bread?” And so Jesus focuses the question in His response to Satan on obedience to the Word of God. Now we need to understand that because I hope that we’re not having this overview of sacred Scripture, “Dust to Glory,” just out of a casual kind of interest in a historical document. I am convinced that what we’re looking at here is nothing less than the very written Word of God, and we are required and obligated not only to know it, but to live by it, by every word that comes to us from God.