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Revelation, inspiration, and infallibility (25): “What saith the Scripture”: The Bible’s trustworthiness

Previous article in this series: June 2018, p. 396. The Bible is trustworthy. It can be relied upon. The inspired psalmist gives expression to the Bible’s trustworthiness when he says “the testimony [Word] of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7). That God’s Word is “sure” means…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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.…

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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…

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