Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem - This post is part of my year-long journey through Dr. Wayne Grudem's world-renowned Systematic Theology. I welcome and hope for your interaction.
Chapter 4 - The Four Characteristics of Scripture: (1) Authority
Dr. Grudem mentions in his audio that this particular topic is the absolute bedrock for the serious student of the Bible.
The Bible itself, the prophets, and the apostles all make claim that every single word in the Scriptures are God's and it is the Christian's job to understand this and to accordingly obey them.
Hear it from Dr. Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology:
"The authority of Scripture means that all the words in Scripture are God's words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God."
The Apostle Paul is one of Dr. Grudem's sources for such a statement:
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness," (2 Timothy 3:16)
As we journey through the doctrines of the Bible, we are absolutely certain to encounter teachings that are completely adrift from our natural sensibilities.
When we encounter them, what will be our response? Take them out of the Bible like Thomas Jefferson? Ignore them? Believe that some things in the Scriptures are true, and some things are not true? If so, who is the judge of such things? Ourselves? Individually? Really? You think God would leave that up to us?
If we don't first come to grips with the authority of Scripture, then we are certain to find ourselves shipwrecked in our thinking as we attempt to understand God's infinite mind with our finite minds.
So...what say you? Every single word in the Bible from God? Every one?
Resource materials from Dr. Grudem's Sunday school class:
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