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  1. Introduction
  2. Let Me Count the Ways
  3. The Bible Alone is the Word of God
  4. Only True Christians Have the Holy Spirit
  5. Only the Holy Spirit Can Explain God's Word
  6. Hearing God's Voice: How It Works
  7. Is This "Spiritualizing" the Text?
  8. Pitfalls and Dangers

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The Bible Alone is the Word of God

Walk with the Word takes the position that the Bible alone is the only source of revelational truth from God. When the canon of the New Testament was closed, no other revelational truth was required, delivered or needed. Extra-biblical writings and the doctrine of Apostolic Succession are not part of God’s plan or revelation. Regarding the New Testament, God’s truth came solely from Jesus Christ (John 14:6; 17:8, 17) through the apostles and prophets of the Early Church (John 16:13; Ephesians 2:20). In fact, the New Testament writers clearly warned against attempts—and predicted there would be attempts—by others to add to or change the truth as given to them directly from Jesus Christ (Acts 20:29-30; 1 Timothy 1:4; 4:1, 7; 6:3-4; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; Titus 1:1, 14; 2 Peter 1:12; 2:1-2; 1 John 4:1; Jude 17-19).

All true Christians have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. This truth was prophesied in the Old Testament (Joel 2:28-32) and realized in the New (John 20:22; Acts 1:8; 2:4, 38-39; 10:44; Romans 8:9, 11; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 6:9; Galatians 3:5). The presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer brings about, amongst other things, the assurance of eternal life (Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:13), the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4, 7), a new identity as a child of God (Romans 8:16), empowerment for sanctification (1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:12), and His leading (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18).

Additionally, the Holy Spirit speaks to and through the spirit of the believer (Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 8:19; 10:19; 11:12, 28; 13:2; 15:28; Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18-19; 6:18). Though there are varying interpretations to each of these passages, this one thing is clear: there is the potential for dynamic interaction between the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the believer. At Walk with the Word we believe that it is this divine interaction between the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the believer that enables a person to become directly connected to God through His Word; that is, to hear God’s voice. Is it an audible voice? No, it is a voice heard from the heart superintended by the Holy Spirit.

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