The key to everlasting life is in Jesus’ saying, “THESE WORDS OF MINE!”
Throughout the New Testament, the final, ultimate and exclusive authority in true religion is the WORD SPOKEN BY CHRIST.
- Jesus commanded the church to teach “whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).
- He declared that the words he spoke would judge men at the last day (John 12:48).
- The true religion was “first spoken” by Christ (Hebrews 2:3). “Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God (2 John 1:1:9).
- Apostles warned that men ought to learn how “not to go beyond the things which are written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16)
- Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
Not even the apostles were commissioned to go beyond the word of Christ.
Even the reception of the Holy Spirit in their hearts was not for the purpose of imparting additional truth but for bringing to their remembrance the things Christ taught (John 14:26).
The current notion that any man in whom the Holy Spirit is supposed to dwell may properly determine the true nature and content of Christian doctrine is emphatically denied in the affirmation of Christ that, even in the apostles, THE HOLY SPIRIT DID NOT SPEAK “OF HIMSELF.”
“For he shall not speak from himself; but what things soever he shall hear, these shall he speak … for he shall take of mine, and shall declare it unto you” (John 16:13-15).
The “rock” is nothing more nor less than “these words of mine,” namely, the words of Christ.
Rains, floods, and winds, in this place, suggest oppositions from verse 25, are beneath, and all around.
The stability of the wise man’s house was because it was built, not upon “a rock,” but upon “THE ROCK”!
In verse 26, this is a recapitulation, in the negative, of what was said immediately before.
The focus of attention here should be upon the revelation of what the true rock actually is, namely, the words or teachings of Christ. This is the point so many seem to miss.
They understood, although probably not all of them believed, that Jesus in this magnificent discourse laid claim to authority SURPASSING that of:
- The scribes
- The Decalogue
- The Holy Scriptures
- All earthly and human authorities.