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Authority, Revelation and Scripture Survey of Christian Doctrine
Survey of Christian Doctrines 12 I.AUTHORITY “If people don’t know Jesus they can never have any peace at all or know God.” “No, God can be known in a hundred ways.” “God is inside you. You feel the presence of the infinite.” Diverse viewpoints rise from question of authority
Survey of Christian Doctrines 13 The source of authority The creeds The historic confessions The “mind of the church” Christian experience Christian reason The “inner voice” Or…?
Survey of Christian Doctrines 14 The ultimate source The ultimate source is the triune God himself as he is made known to us through the Bible 1. God has taken the initiative (REVELATION) 2. God has come to us in Jesus. He is the Word and Wisdom of God and the mediator all our knowledge about God (Jn 1:1f; 14:6-9; 1 Cor 1:30; Col 2:3; Rev 19:13 3. Our knowledge comes through the Bible when we submit to its authority.
Survey of Christian Doctrines 15 II REVELATION Definition Significance We are creatures (Gen 1:1,27) We are sinners (Rom 1:18; 1 Cor 1:21; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:1f; 4:18) And yet…
Survey of Christian Doctrines 16 General revelation Creation (Rom 1:18-32; Acts 14:17; 17:26f) Moral Experience (Rom 2:14f; 1:32) The conflicts of conscience are relevant to the issues of God’s judgement. Consider 1 Tim 3:7; 1 Pet 2:12 Rom 3:21-26; 1 Cor 15:3 imply a continuity between universal moral experience and that of the believer
Survey of Christian Doctrines 17 General Revelation A universal religious sense The dynamic factor (Rom 1:21-28) Its effects: a) the goodness of God, b) the guiltiness of man. Its limitations God has not left himself without a witness.
Survey of Christian Doctrines 18 Special Revelation Jesus Christ Hoy Scripture The relationship of these forms A third form? Redemptive revelation (Jn 3:1f; 15:26; 1 Thess 1:5; Titus 3:5
Survey of Christian Doctrines 19 III SCRIPTURE God’s condescension The possibility of verbal revelation Analogical truth God’s purpose: durability, dissemination, purity and finality
Survey of Christian Doctrines 110 Grounds for receiving the Bible as God’s written word The Bible’s witness, Logos Jesus’ view of the Old Testament The apostles’ view of the Old Testament Jesus’ words and teaching The special authority of the apostles God addresses us in its words
Survey of Christian Doctrines 111 Inspiration The method of inspiration 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:19-21; Jn 10:34-36 The OT Prophets
Survey of Christian Doctrines 112 Theories of Inspiration Dictation Accommodation Supervision
Survey of Christian Doctrines 113 Two related terms Verbal Plenary Authority of Scripture An element of mystery Our doctrine of God
Survey of Christian Doctrines 114 Canonicity Definition of “canon” The OT canon The NT canon
Survey of Christian Doctrines 115 INFALLIBILITY INERRANCY “As originally given” Difficulties
Survey of Christian Doctrines 116 Hermeneutics Definition: the science of interpreting Scripture Scripture must be interpreted through the Holy Spirit –According to the corporate Spirit –According to the HOLY Spirit Scripture must be interpreted by Scripture –According to the purpose of Scripture –According to the light of other passages –According to the later and fuller exposition Scripture must be interpreted literally –According to the original meaning –According to literary form –According to context