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March 29, 2012 / Daniel

Bruce Waltke on Scripture as God’s Word

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Here’s another great quote from Bruce Waltke‘s Old Testament Theology.

“[The Bible] is God’s word to the church…not merely a historical artifact of Israel’s religion.  In the Bible’s pages, the church learns what to proclaim and how to live as a kingdom of priests, a holy people, and a light to the nations–to act justly, love mercy, and walk circumspectly.  The church learns how to worship, pray, adore God, and confess sin.

The theologian should consider the Bible’s Source as inerrant and its teaching as infallible; should study the text for meaning rather than just as an account of the events recorded therein; should read the Old Testament as a unity, a product of the one Author; should read reverently, recognizing the authority of the text for the present day.”

The conclusion:   “Theology is essentially a self-critical task in light of God’s special revelation.”  In other words, be doers of the Word and not just hearers only.  Deceiving your own self.   We must be careful to remind ourselves of the proper goal for our study of Scripture.  We study Scripture not to be smarter sinners, but to commune with the living God who is its Author.

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  1. Doug / Apr 2 2012 2:47 pm

    Did you really mean to say, “be hearers of the Word and not just doers only”?

  2. Daniel / Apr 2 2012 10:20 pm

    Good eye. Thanks. I will correct it.

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