Sunday, September 3, 2017

God wants us to know his Word

An open Bible being read

There’s a doctrine that people get really weird about: the inerrancy of Scripture. In a nutshell, this doctrine means every word the original authors wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was free from error, without a shred of falsehood or deceit to be found in it in any way.

There’s an assumption that comes with this doctrine, this belief that God’s Word is really, and truly true: that God wants us to understand His Word. Christians believe that, as the Holy Spirit worked through human authors to reveal God to us, He made sure this revelation was clear. So clear, in fact, that much of it can be understood with many of the same basic principles of interpretation we use when we read any other book. We intuitively pay attention to context clues, verb tenses, and the literary forms used in the text we’re reading. This doesn’t mean it’s all equally clear, of course. Some parts are hard to understand (2 Pet. 3:16), and because of our sinful nature, there are aspects that we are incapable of fully grasping on our own.

But because He wants us to know His Word, God helps us understand them. During His earthly ministry, Jesus explained the Scriptures to His disciples (Luke 24:27), but also opened their minds to understand them (47). Today, the Holy Spirit illuminates the Scripture to our hearts and minds (John 14:15-18; 16:7-15). God helps us to understand what we could not otherwise, and gives us the desire to be transformed by the truth of His Word.

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