I want to pose a question to you? This may be something that has not hit you yet. Do you see that there is a distinct difference between scripture and the Word of God? At least to the point that scripture in and by itself does not have the power that the Word of God does. I know scripture came from that which was spoken and/or inspired by God, but when it was spoken/inspired by God, when it came from His mouth, is when it is alive, powerful, evidential, that is when it shall proper in the thing where to I send it? Isaiah 55:11.
The narrative that we have that faith is trusting in God, a blind trust with nothing other than something to read, because God doesn’t do the things that He did with the Apostles, well, that is the traditions (transmission) of men, because they didn’t know what the Word really was, how it worked. They thought, and still do think, that scripture is the Word of God. It DID come from the mouth of God, everything in scripture is true, but you need faith, Hebrews 11:1 faith, which comes by the hearing of the Word of God, to know the truth of what is given to us and what is not, to know the absolute truth about anything in our Bibles.
2nd Timothy 3:16 says, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Before you start contradicting me, let’s back up to 14 and 15. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Faith comes by …? Here is a clear differentiation of scripture and the Word of God.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17 says, (only through faith, which cometh by the hearing of the Word of God) …is it profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Romans 1:16-17, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Saying the just shall live by faith, is the same as what Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, …Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God; because faith is not just trusting God, it is receiving evidence, assurance, proof of…
Because of the graciousness of God he gave us this evidence, of His Son, so that we could believe. Romans 4:16, Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, faith is NOT of us. Ephesians 4:5, …there is one faith
Romans 11:19-20, Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith, so be not highminded, but fear:
Romans 12:3, For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Faith, Godly evidence, is a gift. Ephesians 2:8, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Philippians 1:29, For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Quiet yourself, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Acts 14:27, And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. Faith is NOT what you have been taught, it is NOT of us, it is an inseparable part of that which comes from the mouth of God, through what the Holy Spirit reveals unto us.