God Revealed

You will notice that in question 25 of the Catechism, when asked about the Trinity, the answer begins with the language of “because God revealed…” At first, that might seem like a simple enough phrase and one that is not that important, yet, from the perspective of the Christian faith, it is of significant value.… Read More

What is Non-Negotiable?

There is a well-known phrase that goes back to Saint Vincent of Lerins (died AD 445) that goes as follows: “In Essentials unity, in Non-Essentials liberty, and in all things Charity.” And, in principle, the idea is a good thing. Confessing Christians are commanded in scripture to treat one another with love — ἀγάπη (agape)… Read More

Clinging to the Word of Life

“clinging to the Word of Life, that I will be satisfied in the day of Christ that I did not run in vain nor did I labor in vain.” (Philippians 2:16) Much can be said from these words of Paul, but I want to focus first on the initial words which follow the statement in… Read More

Our Lifeblood

“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always been obedient, not only in my presence alone, but now also even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for God is the one working in you, even to will and to work for satisfaction.” (Philippians 2:12-13) The word, “His,” is… Read More

Budding Trees

“They are planted in the house of Yahweh; In the courts of our God, they sprout.” (Psalm 92:14 {verse 13 in English translations}) How often we find that we do not blossom in life because we do not plant ourselves in the right place. To plant yourself (keeping the analogy of the righteous being like… Read More

Oh How Deep!

“How your works are great, Yahweh, Your plans are quite mysterious.” (Psalm 92:6 [verse 5 in English])   Oh, heavenly Father, “what is man that you are mindful of him!” We make plans and perceive our designs to be deep and meaningful, but in a moment they are washed away by the winds of time.… Read More

Fidelity to God’s Word

“And my lord made me swear, saying ‘You must not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell. Instead, to the house of my father you should go and to my family. From them take a wife for my son.” (Genesis 24:38)   We have already… Read More

What is Truth?

“Sanctify them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth.” (John 17:17) “Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’  And saying this, he again went outside to the Jews and said to them, ‘I do not find any ground for a complaint with him.’” (John 18:38) “Your righteousness is righteous forever! And your law is truth.”… Read More

Sanctify them in the Truth (John 17:17)

“Sanctify them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth.” (John 17:17) What a powerful statement!  Jesus lays out two great truths for us in this little statement…first, that it is by the means of the Truth that we should be sanctified and that the Word of God (Scripture) is Truth.  Yet, we need to lay… Read More

We are Marked by God’s Word (John 17:14)

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14) We are used to hearing the language of the world hating us because we are not of the world; what is sad is that all too often,… Read More

Is the Bible Inerrant?

One of the things we talk a lot about in church circles is the authority of scripture—that it is given by God and is designed to instruct us in every area of life.  One of the terms that we use when we speak of why the scriptures are authoritative is the term “inerrant.”  But I… Read More

God was Speaking Long Ago: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 3)

“God was speaking long ago to the Fathers through the prophets…”   We spoke above about how God is a communicating God.  This is one of the things that separates the One True God from all of the false gods of this world—our God speaks to his people.  Buddha does not speak and has never… Read More

In Many Parts and in Many Ways: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 2)

“In many parts and in many ways…”   While many of our Bibles read something to the extent of “in many times and ways…” the word that the Greek text uses is polumerw:V (polumeros), which refers not to chronological divisions but to material divisions.  Thus, as the author of Hebrews begins speaking of God’s revelation,… Read More

Forms of Special Revelation

Forms of Special Revelation: We have been speaking of and citing some of the weaknesses of General Revelation and our need for something more.  Yet, let us point out that General Revelation was never designed to teach us our obligation towards God and our proper relationship to him as our creator.  Indeed, it was never… Read More

Outline of 1 Peter

  I.  Greeting (1:1-2)   II.  God in his Grace is raising you out of your sin to salvation (1:3-12)             1.  God has given us new birth to a greater inheritance (1:3-5)             2.  God will keep that inheritance while you are being sanctified through persecutions (1:6-7)             3.  The joy of that salvation… Read More

Outline of 2 Peter

I.  Greeting (1:1-2)   II.  God’s Call on the life of a Christian and the Christian’s response (1:3-11)             1.  God’s calling His people to glory (1:3-4)             2.  The Christian’s response to God’s call (1:5-11)                         a.  progression of faith to love (1:5-7)                         b.  work to grow in grace (1:8-11)  … Read More

Biblical Perspicuity

What do we mean when we speak of the Perspicuity of Scripture?               While there are certainly many areas of scripture that are difficult to interpret and to understand, given that the Bible was given to all people throughout history, not to just a select few, and given that the Bible was given for… Read More

What then do we mean that the Bible is infallible and inerrant?

What do we mean when we state that the Bible is infallible as well as being inerrant?               As discussed above, the Bible is inerrant, or, in other words, without error.  The idea of infallibility takes the premise one step further.  When we say that the Bible is infallible, we say that the Bible… Read More

To what extent does inerrancy extend?

To what extent is the Bible inspired and thus inerrant?  Does the inspiration extend only to the ideas conveyed or to the very words of scripture?   A debate that has been taking place between the Orthodox branches in the church and what is normally called the Neo-Orthodox movement, is over the question of the… Read More

To what extent does Biblical infallibility extend?

If the Bible is incapable of error, to what extent does that infallibility extend, just to theological matters or to all maters to which it speaks?   We have already touched on this idea but it bears repeating.  Given that the Bible is written by God, it is impossible for the text to be in… Read More

What of people who would claim that there are errors in the Biblical text?

What of those who claim that the Bible contains errors and discrepancies either in its internal unity or in its scientific or historical claims?  Also, what of those who claim that the Biblical books were assembled, revised, and rewritten through the ages resulting in our modern Biblical text?               Largely, the claims that seek… Read More

How do we know that the 66 Books of the Bible are God’s complete revelation?

How do we know that the 39 books of the Old Testament that we have actually constitute the complete written revelation of God during that era?  How do we know that the 27 books of the New Testament complete that which was begun in the Old Testament?               First of all, the 39 books… Read More

How do we know that the Bible is complete and unified?

How do we know that the Bible is a unified and complete book in its presentation to us and that it alone contains the written revelation of God for his people?               While the Bible has many human authors through which the text was written, there is one divine author.  This is clear by… Read More