If it is Truth, pure, right, worthy, or wise. ..God said it first. When I read other authors, listen to other speakers/teachers. ..I listen for the sign that they belong to God. The words they speak; though arranged differently, some more expanded, some more simple; have a ‘ring’ to them. They are repeats for what Adonai (the Lord God), Yeshua (Jesus), or the Spirit has spoken from the dawn of time. The Word of the Living God.
Those who wrote what is now called The Bible were taught, inspired, or directly told what to say by God, Himself. Paul said he was taught by Yeshua Himself. The apostles witnessed themselves the speaking, teaching and living of Yeshua. .. their ‘books’ come as a result of that and their own living, walking relationship with Yeshua.
The following are quotes by various people; some still alive, some now part of the cloud of witnesses. Below the quote is the Living Word… where it was said first… or at least where it can be traced back to where its been said by God before any human. Solomon is famous for ‘his’ wisdom but we know he asked for wisdom from God. Hence where his wisdom comes. Ours too. .. and those who have come and gone and yet will be. If they will have wisdom. .. it too will come only from God. He has the copy write. .. but the thing is. .. He is happy to share and let us put His truth and wisdom into words that present day audiences will be able to understand. He gets the glory. .. There is no doubt in His mind. 🙂
He answered, “Struggle to get into the narrow door, because I’m telling you – many will be demanding to get in and will not be able to, once the owner of the house has gotten up and shut the door. You will stand outside knocking at the door saying, ‘Lord, Open up for us!’ But He will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you came from.’
(See also: Matthew 7:22; 25:11)
If I say, ‘Let the darkness surround me, let the light around me be night,’ even darkness like this is not too dark for You; rather, night is as clear as day, – darkness and light are the same.
(See also: Daniel 2:22)
Trust in Adonai, and do good; settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness. Then you will delight yourself in Adonai, and He will give you your hearts desire.
(See also: Job 27:10, Isaiah 58:14, Psalms 81:10; 145:19)
Examine me, Adonai, test me, search my mind and heart. For Your grace is there before my eyes, and I live my life by Your Truth.
(See also: Ps. 7:9; 19:12; 139:23, Job 31:5-6)
So Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted Him, ‘If you obey what I say, then you are really My talmidim (followers), you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’
(See also: 2 Cor. 3:17-18)
I made Myself accessible to those who didn’t ask for Me, I let Myself be found by those who didn’t seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am! Here I am!’ To a nation not called by My name. I spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people who live in a way that is not good, who follow their own inclinations;
(See also: Is.55:8-9; 14:24)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with My victorious right hand.
(See also: Is. 41:13; Romans 8:31)
And eternal life is this: to know You (the Father), the One true God, and Him whom You sent, Yeshua the Messiah.
I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in Me because of their word, that they may all be one. Just as You, Father, are united with Me and I with You, I pray that they may be united with Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
1 Peter 2:23
When He was insulted, He didn’t retaliate with insults; when He suffered, He didn’t threaten, but handed them over to Him who judges justly.
(See also: 1 Peter 3:10-12; Prov. 11:1; 3; 19:1; Matt. 7:12, Mark 14:60-61; Col. 3:9; James 1:26)
Be strong, be bold, don’t be afraid or frightened of them, for Adonai your God is going with you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
(See also: Deut. 4:31; 1 Kings 6:13; Is. 41:10; Jer. 1:8; Heb. 13:5)
1 John 2:24
Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you will also remain in union with both the Son and the Father.
(See also: Ps.18:2)
2 Corinthians 3:18
So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are changed into His very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit.
(See also: 1 Sam. 10:6)
The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
(See also: Prov.9:10; Ps. 111:10)
For judgment will be without mercy toward one who doesn’t show mercy; but mercy wins out over judgment.
(See also: Matt. 5:7; 6:14)
With a sigh that came straight from His heart, He said, ‘Why does this generation want a sign? Yes! I tell you, no sign will be given this generation!’
(See also: Matt. 12:39)
“Yerushalayim! (Jerusalem) Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I have wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused!”
I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am Adonai. They will be My people, and I will be their God; for they will return to Me with all their heart.
(See also: Deut.4:29; Jer.29:13)
In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, loveable, or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.
It is I who created the craftsman who blows the coals and forges weapons suited to their purpose; I also created the destroyer to work havoc. No weapon made will prevail against you. In court you will refute every accusation. The servants of Adonai inherit all this; the reward for their righteousness is from Me.
Now does that sound as if I were trying to win human approval? No! I want God’s approval! Or that I’m trying to cater to people? If I were still doing that, I would not be a servant of the Messiah.
(See also: John 8:29; 1 Thess. 2:4)
☆ God gets the Last Word ☆
2 Peter 1:20-21
First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own (without the Spirit); for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing – on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) spoke a message from God.
But the Counselor, the Ruach HaKodesh, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you everything; that is, He will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah