Continuity in the Word of God

The Father gave Christ, the Living Word, the spoken Word of God to teach and say.

He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me – John 12:48-50

He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me – John 14:24

And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. – Mark 2:1

Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; – Luke 5:1

Christ confirmed that scripture is also the Word of God

Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘ I said, you are gods ’? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming, ’ because I said, ‘ I am the Son of God ’ – John 10:34-36

He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition. For Moses said, ‘ Honor your father and your mother ’; and, ‘ HE who speaks evil of father or mother, is to be put to death ’; but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God), ’ you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother; thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.” – Mark 7:9-13

Christ in turn gave the apostles the Word of God from the Father

I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. – John 17:14-17

I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me – John 17:6-8

Christ told the apostles that those who truly listen to Him and know the Father will also listen to the words of the apostles. We were able to believe in Christ through their faithfulness in sharing this word!

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘ A slave is not greater than his master. ’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me – John 15:20-21

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;” – John 17:20

The Holy Spirit reminded the apostles of Christ’s Words (so that they could teach them and record them as the New Testament scriptures)

“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” – John 14:25-26

The apostles boldly spoke the Word of God. They also wrote down the Word of God for us to preserve the message that originated from the Father.

And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond- servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. – Acts 4:29-31

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. – 1 Thes 2:13

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us – 2 Thes 2:15

Many verses in Acts talking about the Word of God being spoken, preached, growing, and multiplying as people believed in it and the seed fell on fertile soil
Elders and teachers are to continue to teach and preserve the Word of God as it has been passed down from the Father to Christ, from Christ to the apostles, and from the apostles to the early church and as recorded in scripture. It is not to be changed, and it is to be accurately handled.

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. – 2 Tim 2:2

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. – Titus 1:9

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. – 2 Tim 2:15

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