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We Should Be Biblicists in the Same Way Jesus Was

Kevin DeYoung describes Jesus’ view of Scripture:

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  • He believed that the entire Old Testament came from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).
  • He believed that for Scripture to say something was the same as God speaking (Matt. 19:4-5).
  • He believed the inspiration of Scripture went down to the individual words (John 10:30).
  • He believed that Scripture cannot fail, cannot be wrong, and by implication cannot ultimately contradict itself (John 10:35).
  • He believed that the apostolic teaching – what is now preserved in the words of the New Testament – would be divinely inspired by the Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:12-15).
  • He settled disputes on all kinds of matters, from Christological to ethical to political, by appealing to Scripture, often “prooftexting” from a single verse (see Matt. 41-10; 19:1-7; 22:32).
  • He believed there were correct interpretations to Scripture that others should recognize even in the midst of interpretive pluralism (Matt. 5:21-48; 22:29).

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For further reading on the topic, John Wenham’s Christ and the Bible (Third Edition, 2009) is an excellent place to start.

Can the Bible Be Completely Inspired by God and Yet Still Contain Errors?

G. K. Beale has an interesting article in the latest edition of The Westminster Theological Journal on the truthfulness of Scripture. Examining the book of Revelation, he argues that inerrancy is not just a deduction from the doctrine of inspiration, but a doctrine itself clearly taught in Scripture. In his introduction, Beale writes:

[pk_box]I will contend the following: (1) that John is more explicit about the doctrine of inerrancy than many think; (2) that John, in particular, explicitly refers to Christ’s character as “true” and then applies the attribute of “truth” from Christ’s character to the written word of Revelation as being “true.” Thus, I will argue that John repeatedly sees a clear connection between the flawlessness of Christ to that of Scripture in Revelation. In the conclusion, I will reflect on whether this is a unique feature of John’s Apocalypse and other apocalyptic books like Daniel and Ezekiel or whether there are some pointers in Revelation itself that apply John’s notion of the full truth of his book to that of other books of the OT. There will also be comment on the “word/concept” confusion concerning whether or not the actual word “inerrancy” has to be used in Scripture for the concept to be a biblical concept. I will argue that while the precise word “inerrancy” does not appear in Scripture, the concept explicitly does. This does not make the doctrine an implication unless one violates the “word/concept” distinction.[/pk_box]

You can freely download the full article here.

[HT: Joe Fleener]