Results 1 to 50 of 251

Revelation, inspiration, and infallibility (24): “What saith the Scripture:” The Bible’s trustworthiness

Previous article in this series: April 15, 2018, p. 323. In the last several articles in this series we have been examining the perfections of Scripture. Just as God possesses certain perfections, so also does His Word. The perfection of God’s being demands the perfection of His works, and one…

Continue reading

Revelation, inspiration, and infallibility (23): “What saith the Scripture:” The Bible’s sufficiency (2)

Previous article in this series: March 1, 2018, p. 252. Additional proof of Scripture’s sufficiency We ended our last article by demonstrating Scripture’s sufficiency from the two classic passages on the infallible inspiration of Scripture, II Timothy 3:16-17 and II Peter 1:19-21. Besides the support for the sufficiency of Scripture…

Continue reading

Of the providence of God (Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter 6a)

Previous article in this series: December 15, 2017, p. 130. Introduction With chapter 6 of the Second Helvetic Confession, Heinrich Bullinger directs our attention to the providence of God. Along with the other Reformers, Bullinger subscribes to a robust doctrine of divine providence. God’s providence includes all things; no one…

Continue reading

Of the adoration, worship, and invocation of God through the only mediator Jesus Christ (Second Helvetic Confession, chapter 5b)

Previous article in this series: August 2017, p. 443. Introduction As we saw last time, the opening paragraphs of this fifth chapter of the Second Helvetic Confession establish the fundamental biblical truth that God must be worshiped through the only Mediator, our Lord Jesus Christ. They also condemn the worship…

Continue reading

Revelation, inspiration, and infallibility (21) “What saith the Scripture:” The Bible’s perspicuity

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2017, p. 14. Introduction In our recent articles we have been considering together the truth of the perspicuity of Holy Scripture. By the perspicuity of Scripture we mean that the Bible is clear. The ordinary believer is able to understand Scripture, know with…

Continue reading

Revelation, inspiration, and infallibility (3): “What saith the Scripture?”: The Bible’s perspicuity

Previous article: May 15, 2017, p. 370 At bottom, the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century was a return to the supreme authority of Holy Scripture. The Latin phrases coined by the Reformers to express their conviction were sola Scriptura and prima Scriptura. Scripture alone is the rule of faith…

Continue reading

Of the Adoration, Worship, and Invocation of God through the Only Mediator Jesus Christ (Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter 5a)

Previous article in this series: April 1, 2017, p. 301. Introduction The six paragraphs of the fifth chapter of the Second Helvetic Confession are the Reformation’s trumpet blast against the false worship of the Roman Catholic Church. Rome’s false worship, particularly her veneration of the saints, is exposed and on…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (19): “What Saith the Scripture:” The Bible’s Perspicuity

Previous article in this series: January 15, 2017, p. 180. Introduction “If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scripture than thou dost.” These are the words that William Tyndale (1494-1536), English Reformer and Bible translator,…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (16): “What Saith the Scripture:” The Bible’s Authority

Previous article in this series: May 1, 2016, p. 349. Introduction The Bible is authoritative. The Bible is the authority over faith (what we believe) and over conduct (how we live). It is the authority for the individual believer, whether layperson or officebearer, whether professional or daylaborer, whether company executive,…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (15): “What Saith the Scripture:” The Bible’s Authority

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2016, p. 233. Introduction In April of 1521 someone did what no one had done, at least publicly, for centuries. He appealed to Scripture as the final authority to which alone he would submit. Before some of the most important, influential, and powerful…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (14): What the Bible Says about the Bible: The New Testament Epistles

Previous article in this series: June 2015, p. 398. Introduction In our most recent articles we have been considering Scripture’s self-authentication, that is, Scripture’s own testimony to its divine inspiration and infallibility. For centuries the self-witness of Scripture has been the linchpin in the church’s argument for Scripture’s inspiration and…

Continue reading

Of Interpreting the Holy Scripture; and of Fathers, Councils, and Traditions (Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter 2, b)

Previous article in this series: November 15, 2015, p. 84. Councils And in the same order also we place the decrees and canons of councils. Wherefore we do not permit ourselves, in controversies about religion or matters of faith, to urge our case with only the opinions of the fathers…

Continue reading

Of Interpreting the Holy Scripture; and of Fathers, Councils, and Traditions (Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter 2, a)

Previous article in this series: August 2015, p. 438.   The True Interpretation of Scripture   The apostle Peter has said that the Holy Scriptures are not of private interpretation (II Pet. 1:20), and thus we do not allow all possible interpretations. Nor consequently do we acknowledge as the true…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (13): What the Bible Says about the Bible: The Unique Witness of the Gospel Accounts and Acts

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2015, p. 223. Introduction Christians are Bible-believing, Bible-reading, Bible-honoring, and Bible-loving folk. In the past, Christians were often referred to as “the people of the Book.” That is indeed what they are—people of the Book. They are people of the Book because of…

Continue reading

Of the Holy Scripture Being the True Word of God (Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter 1, a)

Previous article in this series: March 1, 2015, p. 254. With this article we begin our consideration of the thirty chapters of the Second Helvetic Confession. Considering the length of these chapters, our plan is to write two Standard Bearer articles on each chapter. We will quote the individual sections of each…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (12) What the Bible Says about the Bible: The Unique Witness of the Gospel Accounts and Acts

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2014, p. 10. Introduction If the Bible is not an altogether unique book, both as far as its contents and its authority are concerned, then the Christian Scriptures are reduced to what its critics, whether outside of Christianity or apostates from Christianity, allege:…

Continue reading

Augustine’s View of the Indissolubility of the Marriage Bond (2)

This article is a continuation of his article on Augustine held over from the October 15, 2014 Special Issue on Augustine. Only Death Dissolves the Marriage Bond Although in his teaching he stressed the permanence of marriage, Augustine recognized that the Scriptures permit divorce. The Scriptures permit divorce on one ground: adultery.…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (9): What the Bible Says about the Bible: The Testimony of the Psalms (1)

Previous article in this series: June 2014, p. 391. Introduction In marvelous ways God reveals Himself. First, He reveals Himself in the creation, for “[t]he heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). Because of God’s revelation in the creation the psalmist exclaims in…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (7): What the Bible Says about the Bible: The Testimony of the Old Testament

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2014, p. 222. Introduction A recent post on the Young Calvinists blog informed readers of the depths to which our godless society and the apostate church have sunk in their depravity. At the same time the post demonstrates the extent to which God’s…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (6): What the Bible Says About the Bible: The Significance of Scripture as “The Oracles of God”

Previous article in this series: January 1, 2014, p. 151. Introduction Scripture is “the oracles of God.” This is the apostle Paul’s description of Scripture in Romans 3:2. What this means is that Scripture is the Word of God. Scripture is not the word of man and the Word of…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (5): What the Bible Says about the Bible: Scripture As “The Oracles of God”

Previous article in this series: November 15, 2013, p. 80. “Though the Stake Were Staring Us in the Face” A papal legate arrived in the city [of Prague], in the spring of 1412. He brought the sacred pallium—a vestment sent by the pope as a token of authority—to Archbishop Albik,…

Continue reading

Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility (4): What the Bible Says about the Bible: Scripture Cannot Be Broken

Previous article in this series: December 1, 2012, p. 104. The Bible is the infallibly inspired written Word of God. This is the believer’s heartfelt convic­tion and bold confession concerning Scripture. Simply put, the Bible is the Word of God, the Word of God in the words of men. Because…

Continue reading

Comfort for Living and Dying—The Heidelberg Catechism’s Grand Theme

Celebrating the Anniversary of a Catechism Comfort for living. Comfort for dying. Comfort—this is the grand theme of the Heidelberg Catechism, whose 450th birthday we celebrate this year. We celebrate! We celebrate the catechism known as the Heidelberg Catechism, which catechism is this year four-hundred-fifty years young. We celebrate thankfully!…

Continue reading

The Protestant Reformed Seminary and the “Good Christian Schools” (3)

Convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary were held on September 5, 2012 at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville. The text of Prof. Cammenga’s address on that occasion continues here. Second installment of the address can be found in the March 15, 2013 issue, p. 276. Promotion of the “Good…

Continue reading

The Protestant Reformed Seminary and the “Good Christian Schools” (2)

Convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theo­logical Seminary were held on September 5, 2012 at South­west Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville. The text of Prof. Cammenga’s address on that occasion continues here. First installment of the address can be found in the February 1, 2013 issue, p. 203. The “Good…

Continue reading

The Protestant Reformed Seminary and the “Good Christian Schools” (1)

Convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary were held on September 5, 2012 at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville. The text of Prof. Cammenga’s address on that occasion begins here.   Reformed churches have always shown a keen interest in the cause of Christian education. This is undoubtedly due…

Continue reading