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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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A Critique of “Reformational” Views on Revelation (4): Hearing the Wisdom Spoken of in Proverbs

Previous article in this series: June 2012, p. 398. Since these articles have appeared over a number of months, I will summarize what has been said thus far. Those who teach the relatively new “Reformational” theology¹ speak of a “Word of God” not found in the Scriptures. Denying that Scripture…

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Evangelism and the Reformed Faith (3)

Yet another crucial element of the message of evangelism is repentance: heartfelt, godly sorrow over one’s sins. In Luke 24:47, Jesus charges that “repentance and remission of sins should be preached.” In obedience to the Lord’s mandate to him, Paul showed all men “that they should repent.” Then he called them…

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