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The NT Use of the OT

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The following article is taken from my personal notes on Isaiah. As I came to the prophecies of chapter 2, I had to determine what my standard approach was going to be for interpreting them. The influence of Reformed theology has popularized and even glorified the ignorance of end-times prophecy. Much of that is based on the New Testament use […]

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Scripture’s Authority is Sufficient (2)

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Scripture is Sufficient in its Authority The implication of 2 Timothy 3 is clear: Scripture is the only needed dictate of one’s beliefs and actions. If it is sufficient for all a Christian needs to be and do, then it is sufficient in its authority. The Christian is able to bow to the Scriptures alone and fulfill God’s entire will […]

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The False Logic of Inclusivism

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            Inclusivism claims that while the provision of Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation, explicit faith or knowledge in him is unnecessary for salvation. In other words those who have never heard the gospel are not exempt from God’s mercy, providing they respond to natural revelation. The position finds its attractiveness from the logic it uses: the wideness […]

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Infallibility (4): The Foundation of Our Faith

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          As we look at the summation of this topic, it will be helpful for us to leave with practical wisdom from Scripture. How does infallibility affect my life? How does it change my Christianity? A look at a few Scriptures will bring unmistakable clarity to those questions.             Firstly, infallibility means Scripture cannot be broken, […]

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Inerrancy (3) – Dealing with Bible Difficulties

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If one is to claim, as above, that the Bible is fully without error, he must be ready to defend his claim on a practical level. To be conservative is not equivalent to being naive or ignorant. Thus, one who stands for inerrancy should be competent when addressing Bible difficulties. Before entering into this field, the Christian must be sure […]

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The Inerrancy and Infallibility of Scripture (1)

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            Through the centuries men and women of God have both devoted and sacrificed their lives for the sake of a book they deemed worthy. This book, of course, is the Bible. They did not see a book from man, nor a book corrupted by man: they saw words from God. In that this book embodied God’s words, it was […]

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The Inspiration of Scripture (4) – Some Concluding Thoughts

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What is at Stake? – Implications of the Doctrine             Israel was the nation to which the oracles of God were committed. The idea of having a written and codified law seemed simple enough to them, causing them to vow rather ignorantly, “All that the Lord has commanded, we will do.” However, they soon realized otherwise in their forty years […]

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The Inspiration of Scripture (3) – Dual Authorship

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            No discussion on inspiration is complete without some commentary on the dual-authorship of Scripture – not only the fact that Scripture is written by both God and man, but the implications of what that means and the dynamics of how that functioned. This is a necessary question to assess, because it affects how we approach the authority of Scripture,  […]

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The Inspiration of Scripture – The Dynamics of Inspiration

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The Dynamics of Inspiration Generally Considered            Though last week there was much depth found in 2 Peter 1, there are obviously other passages that speak of God’s inspiration of Scripture. For instance, there are over 3,500 uses of phrases like “Thus saith the Lord” throughout the Bible. God has repeatedly embedded in it His stamp […]

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The Character of Scripture (2) – Scripture’s Titles and Features

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Scripture’s Titles for Itself             Studies have often, and rightly, been done on the names and titles of the Lord Jesus, because those names and titles are intentionally meant to describe a certain aspect of His nature. So with Scripture, there are a number of different titles, even besides the common designations “Scripture” and “Word.”             Titles Communicating Its Authority. […]

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