Time For Truth

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True Reformation 3: It’s good to be mistaken for a bibliolater

“The Christian who wants to encounter God without listening to what he has to say, may remain in the condition of a smilingly sub-literate and disobedient two-year old. Sanctification of the mind is of pivotal importance in sanctification of the whole life, and sanctification of the mind involves an increasing ability to think biblically under the empowering of the Spirit.” – Richard Lovelace

Lately I have been accused of being a worshipper of the Bible more than once. The first time I was ever accused of such, I felt offended, but as I thought about this more and more, I have found the accusation quite encouraging. When I was first dating the woman who would become my wife, we wrote letters to each other as we could not see each other or speak on the phone as often as we would have liked. I came to treasure her letters and love them deeply. In those letters I learned much about her and about us. In many ways this is a close analogy with the Triune God and His Word. God chose to covenant himself with a particular people in a particular time and place, and in that covenant he has chosen to reveal himself in an exclusive way as a channel of blessing.

John Calvin wrote that, “from Genesis to Revelation the Bible has come down to us from the mouth of God.” He referred to the biblical writers as clerks, penmen, amanuenses and organs and instruments of the Holy Spirit. He referred to the Bible as “the certain and unerring Rule…”, “sacred and inviolable truth”, “sure and inviolable record”, and “unerring light”.

As Christians we understand the Bible (God’s Holy Word) to be the inerrant, infallible communication of the triune God to the World. Yes, we can know some things about God (especially our desperate falleness) from Creation, but we cannot know God except through His special revelation of himself through the objective disclosure through His Word. God has chosen to reveal himself objectively through His Word, and therefore when we are focused on being people of the Word, we are also people of the Logos. We cannot separate the Triune God from the way He chooses to reveal himself. It would be like saying that I love my wife, but not anything about how she reveals herself to me. That makes no sense. I have come to believe that it is acceptable to so love God’s Word that you can be accused of worshipping the living active word.

True Reformation only comes when God’s people lovingly embrace the Holy Spirit breathed words of Scripture – breathing in what the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit has breathed out. If we are unwilling to embrace the veracity and infallibility of scripture, then we have abandoned the only indestructible weapon for victory in spiritual warfare – “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 6:17). Without the shield of truth, then we are susceptible to every error. The debate within the PCUSA over homosexual ordination, is merely evidence that we can no longer deal with the weapons of the enemy. Many ordained leaders can no longer distinguish truth from error and so it follows that sin would be called good. The hope for reformation lies in the pockets of those faithful that God has reserved for himself who whole-heartedly embrace the infallibility of scripture, breathing in God’s Truth.

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April 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

6 Comments »

  1. I think you just given a wonderful illustration of Ps 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Great post!

    Comment by Dave Van | April 20, 2009

  2. Thank you for a clear exposition of why the Bible is so important to Christians.

    Debbie Berkley
    Bellevue, WA

    Comment by Deborah Milam Berkley | April 20, 2009

  3. Thank you Dave…as you can probably tell, I love Psalm 119.

    Thank you Debbie, and welcome.

    Comment by Adel | April 20, 2009

  4. There was a day when people did not have
    the Bible – we are so fortunate to have
    this written word and record of God’s
    plan which the Holy Spirit can take and
    make real. Thank you for this word of
    encouragement as you are one who lifts up
    Christ of whom Scripture speaks. I appreciate your witness.

    Comment by L. Lee | April 21, 2009

  5. Adel,

    I greatly enjoyed (and sincerely appreciated) this post. It is so true that we cannot separate God from how he chooses to reveal himself to us. It is also very true, that we cannot separate who we are, from how we choose to reveal ourselves to others. Your love for Lynn grew because of, not inspite of, how she revealed herself to you. There is a GREAT lesson in this. Spending time in God’s word is very much like the training that is done within our Armed Forces. The goal for them, is to create a response to a situation that becomes second nature. As Christians, spending time in study of God’s word is also intended to place within us a response to all things that reveals us in ways that are pleasing to God.

    Comment by Rob Sayler | April 21, 2009

  6. Thank you L.Lee for your encouraging comments.

    Rob, as always, you are very kind and encouraging. I appreciate your analogy of military training.

    Comment by Adel | April 21, 2009


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