Here is a fun phrase to learn and say. Norma normans, as it is often shortened to, is used to describe the Bible, God’s word to us. It is considered the standard according to which all other standards are to be measured. There is no higher standard. There is no higher rule. There are no words more authoritative.
It is through the scriptures that we are to form our worldview and find wisdom. This perfect rule of God is where we find the hope of salvation and the way of godliness. Every single thing we need for our spiritual life is found in the Bible.
The Scripture is the library of the Holy Ghost; it is a pandect of divine knowledge, an exact model and platform of religion. The Scripture contains in it the credenda, “the things which we are to believe,” and the agenda, “the things which we are to practice.”
- Thomas Watson
Does the Scripture hold a treasured place in our home and heart? Is it the norm which rules us above any other standard? Though we all need help understanding Scripture, we are often quick to elevate emotions, other teachers and interpreters above the Scripture itself.
I believe God has blessed other Christians with special understanding and a great ability to explain the scriptures. Many of the old puritan works are brilliant. These books, and others like them, should be read well and seen as a teaching of the Scriptures that serve our spiritual health. Spurgeon said that, “He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves that he has no brains of his own.”
But in reading other books we must always hold them up to the only book that is infallible, the Word of God.
"Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
The scripture is from God and therefore there are no better words. The early church did not have all the books, articles, preachers, and social media that we have now and yet they thrived spiritually. How? They had the Spirit and the Word, and that was enough. Let’s make sure we do not neglect the true words of life, our norma normans non normata, our highest standard for life and godliness.
"When your words came, I ate them; they were my
joy and my heart's delight!" Jer. 15:16