The Scriptures – Our ultimate basis for truth

What do the Scriptures teach us about itself?

  • The light of nature and the works of creation and providence reflect God so as to leave men inexcusable (a).
  • However, this knowledge is not sufficient to lead us to Christ for salvation (b).
  • Therefore, God, in various ways, has revealed his will to his church during the course of history(c).
  • For this revealed  knowledge to be better preserved, God has caused it to be put in writing(d).
  • Thus, the Scriptures(the written account of God’s revelation) are now very important, since those various means of revelation have now ceased(e).
  • The Bible comprises the 66 books we have from Genesis to Revelation (39 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New) and are given by God’s inspiration(f).
  • The Bible does not derive its authority from either a person or the Church, but from God Himself, who is the author(g).
  • Believers are fully persuaded that the Bible is God’s word  because the Holy Spirit inwardly assures  of its truth in their hearts(h).
  • All that we need to know in order to glorify God , for salvation, faith and life have been set down in the Bible. These may be plainly taught in it or  logically  inferred from it(i).
  • Nevertheless, we need the aid of the Holy Spirit to fully understand the contents of the Scriptures(j).
  • Not everything in the Bible is equally clear. However, what we need to know and believe in order to be saved have been clearly set out in it(k).
  • The Bible interprets itself. Therefore, an unclear passage is to be understood by means of a clearer one(l).
  • The Holy Spirit, speaking through the Bible, is our supreme judge in all spiritual and religious matters or disputes(m).

(a) Rom. 2:14, 15; Rom. 1:19, 20; Ps. 19:1, 2, 3; Rom. 1:32, with chap. 2:1.

(b) I Cor. 1:21; I Cor. 2:13, 14.

(c) Heb. 1:1.

(d) Prov. 22:19, 20, 21; Luke 1:3, 4; Rom. 15:4; Matt. 4:4, 7, 10; Isa. 8:19, 20.

(e) Heb. 1:1, 2.

(f) Luke 16:29, 31; Eph. 2:20; Rev. 22:18, 19; II Tim. 3:16.

(g) II Pet. 1:19, 21; II Tim. 3:16; I John 5:9; I Thess. 2:13.

(h) I John 2:20, 27; John 16:13, 14; I Cor. 2:10, 11, 12; Isa. 59:21.

(i) II Tim. 3:15, 16, 17; Gal. 1:8, 9; II Thess. 2:2.

(j) John 6:45, I Cor. 2:9 to 12.

(k) Psalm 119:105, 130.

(l) II Pet. 1:20, 21; Acts 15:15, 16.

(m) Matt. 22:29, 31; Eph. 2:20 with Acts 28:25.


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