Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet

Why is it so important to submit to the authority of Scripture?

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In Psalm 119:105 it says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." That's saying God specifically designed the Bible precisely to give us definitive guidance in our whole life. If we're not going to listen to it, if we're not going to obey it, if we're not going to take it to heart, we're going to foul our lives up. I mean, this is really important. Scripture is designed to overcome sin, and that means submitting even when you don't like it, when it cuts against the grain of your own sinfulness. That's one of the most important areas where we should be submitting.

Answer by Dr. Vern S. Poythress

Dr. Vern S. Poythress is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.