Tuesday, 9 June 2020
The Centre of our Knowing #1
For believers in Yeshua, once we come to faith in Him, the center of our knowing what we know, is the Bible. The Bible is our fully trustworthy revelation. The words infallibility and inerrancy are used as synonyms for fully trustworthy. When the Bible is rightly interpreted, it gives us true truth about God, creation, sin, salvation, morality, ethics, sexual relationships and so much more. The Bible provides us with a comprehensive world view. If we accept the Bible as inerrant, then we accept what the Bible says about every subject on which it speaks. We cannot explain away Biblical teaching as passe. Nor can we claim new revelation from the Spirit for new and authoritative doctrine. The Spirit can reveal the meaning of the text, but only the Bible gives us the teaching that we are required to believe. That revelation has to be proven in the context of the Bible's own presentation.
Believing the Bible in this way produces enormous security. The best teacher I ever heard on this subject was the late Dr. Kenneth Kantzer. Here is the basic thrust of what I learned and still believe.
1. The basis of the doctrine of full Biblical trustworthiness is the teaching of Yeshua himself. Whenever Yeshua quoted Scripture, it settled the argument. For Yeshua, "Scripture says", "Moses says" and "God says" are all equivalent. He explicitly tells us that "the Scriptures cannot be broken" (John 10:35). In Matthew 5:17-19, Yeshua assures us of the lasting full authority of the Torah.
2. II Timothy 3:16 is a most important verse and summarizes the teaching of Yeshua and the apostles, "All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God (God breathed) and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for instruction."
This excerpt was taken from my article.