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The Holy Scripture

Scripture is complete and final in it's authority and sufficiency as the revelation of God.

1. Authority of Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration, Illumination

What is Revelation?Answer
What is Inspiration?Answer
What is Illumination?Answer
Related Material:
*The Doctrine of Scripture - Sermon by Dr John MacArthurExcerpt
*Inspiration - Sermon on 2 Timothy 3:16 by JC Ryle Excerpt
**Prove All Things - Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:21 by JC RyleExcerpt
**2 Timothy 3:13-17 Commentary - By John CalvinExcerpt

2. Nature of Scripture: Infallibility, Inerrancy, Reliability

What is Infallability?Answer
What is Inerrancy?Answer
What is Reliability?Answer

3. Jesus and the Scriptures: The Incarnate Fulfills & Confirms the Written

Did Jesus' life and teaching reflect the Authority of Scripture?Answer
Did Jesus believe O.T. prophecies of the Messiah would be fulfilled in Him? Answer
Did Jesus ever distinguish between God's Word of Command & the traditions of men?Answer
Did Jesus believe that only part of the Scripture was true and to be fulfilled or the whole?Answer
If the Incarnate Word took the Old Testament Written Word as true and completely authoritative to the point where He knew He would teach, submit to and fulfill that Word - Should we not think our love for Him should exhibit the same attitude and submissiveness? Jesus Himself seems to think so...Answer
Related Material:
*Our Lord's Prayer for His People's Sanctification (On John 17:17) - By Charles SpurgeonExcerpt
**Jesus Christ on the Infallibility of Scripture - By Dr David LivingstoneExcerpt

4. Sola Scriptura: The Reformation & the Authority of Scripture Alone

What does the Latin phrase "Sola Scriptura" mean? Answer
What was the Reformation? Answer
Why is Sola Scriptura called the "formal" principle of the Reformation? Answer
Related Material:
*Deliverance: From Sin to Righteousness, Part 2 - By Dr John MacArthurExcerpt
***The Authority of Scripture - By Richard L. MayhueExcerpt

5. Historic Confessions Regarding the Scripture

Throughout the history of the church, certain men have made profound statements regarding the authority of Scripture. These are found in what we call creeds or confessions such as:

6. The Relation of the Spirit of God to the Scripture

The above Protestant Confessions of faith reflect their thoughts concerning the relation of the Spirit to the Word he breathed out. Here is one example from the Westminster Confession of 1647

7. General Revelation versus Special Revelation

What is General (Natural) Revelation?Answer
What is Special Revelation?Answer
Related Material:
*General vs. Special Revelation - By Israel WayneExcerpt

8. Personal Quotes about the Scripture

Compilation of Quotes - Luther, Gurnall, Watson, Edwards, Spurgeon, & Moody

Summary

The Word of God Has Been Delivered!

"Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints." Jude 1:3 (NASB)

"I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book." Rev 22:18,19 (NASB)

The Word of God is Objective!

"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth." John 17:17 (NASB)

The Word of God is Unchanging & Eternal!

"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8 (NASB)
"Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89 (NASB)
"Of old I have known from Your testimonies, That You have founded them forever." Psalm 119:152 (NASB)

The fact that God's Word is "fixed" is not a complicated issue. Study the Bible. Listen to a Bible-based Preacher/Teacher. Meditate upon it. Memorize it. Listen to it read to you. Read it out-loud yourself. And most importantly, firmly plant your feet upon it with full confidence! Do not let anyone or anything else convince you that some other voice is "His Voice." He now "speaks" to us by illuminating our minds to His already revealed truth, His Word. It is the already and final written Word of the Living God. And, His Word is Fixed.

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