The book is unashamedly and delightfully doctrinal in nature. We need to be aware of the framework of doctrine because we always hold an assumed set of doctrines as the lens through which we view life and through which we read Scripture. Basic assumptions about God, Church, sin and salvation inform our understanding of the Bible and are hopefully renewed, challenged and revised as we read and re-read the Bible.
He was the J. Those who misunderstand give the impression that this focus on the linguistic detail of Scripture somehow gets in the way. But this is an unfortunate misunderstanding. Basically, it is not the words themselves that we are focusing on, like lexicographers or students of linguistics do, but what the words depict. For words have senses, and employed in sentences they can refer to the realities they pick out.
Quite the opposite.
The words facilitate you going to the fridge, opening it, and getting the milk. Likewise, when a person believes that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, she does not focus exclusively on the word. Rather, since the words are not just about Jesus, but are of true of him, they have a kind of transparency.
To trust the words is to trust Jesus because Jesus is made known through the words.
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And though Scripture does not present itself like a paper on nuclear physics, or a piece of philosophical reasoning, its readers must use their reason to receive its message. God acts, and then later — but sometimes before! God gives his words to the prophet. Perhaps they come to the prophet in a dream, or in an act of divine authorization.
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Or if he is a scribe the style of what he has written is like an official document, in which the character of the writer is shielded from us. They might may have been put together by a committee. Paul is not Peter, and it shows. Isaiah is not Jeremiah. Matthew is not Mark.
Style and temperament and outlook become manifest. After all, he has created and sustains them.
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Paul say speaks them out, the words bearing the stamp of his personality, his education, his thought-processes, and so on, and. Yet his words are the words of God.
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Sometimes even the message is given the human agent to deliver is an unwelcome one. What the exact mechanism of this is like is difficult to say, since it is the action of our Creator upon his creation, unlike any human-on-human action. Think of the well-known story of the young man Samuel. The Lord called to him during the night, but Samuel was at first convinced that it was the high-priest Eli calling, and went to see what Eli wanted.
In fact you may say the process is not fully completed until that book takes its place in the library of books that make up the Bible. Their role, as distinct from that of the prophet, is more like that of a sub-editor than that of an author. This process is also held to be under the superintendence of God, a rather different process than that of the direct inspiration of a prophet.
I Cor. The letters are affectionate, personal, profound, and plain-speaking, and seem to have been composed in the ordinary way of writing letters, sometimes with a secretary, and as far as the text indicates sometimes not. Yet Paul so thought and wrote or dictated that what he produced was also inspired by God. Posted by Paul Helm at PM. Newer Post Older Post Home. About Me Paul Helm Prof.
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