Beyond What Is Written
The apostle Paul wrote, “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written that none of you may be puffed upon on behalf of one against the other” ( 1 Cor.4:6).
We learn from these verses that we should be careful in following men. Some at Corinth had become followers of their favorite preachers. Paul wrote in 1 Cor.1:12-13: “Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos”, or “I am of Cephas”, or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul”. Paul warns that men should never be following beyond what is written in God’s word.
We also learn that God’s word is a barrier that we cannot go beyond. John wrote, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). We must do all things in the name of the Lord. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col.3:17).
We invite you to come and study with us at the Northside Church of Christ. We strive not to follow men or human creeds, but to simply stay within the doctrine of Christ as revealed in what is written.