The Word of God
September 29, 2021

The Word of God

  1. What Does the Bible Teach?

 

  1. General Revelation: “The knowledge of God’s existence, character, and moral law that comes through creation to all humanity.”
  2. Rom 1:18-20
  3. Psalm 19:1-4
  4. Rom 2:14-16

 

  1. Special Revelation: “God’s words addressed to specific people, including the words of the Bible. This is to be distinguished from general revelation, which is given to all people generally.”
  2. The Word of God as a Decree
  3. “Sometimes God’s words take the form of powerful decrees that cause events to happen or even cause things to come into being.”
  4. Gen 1:3: “God said…”
  5. Ps 33:6: “By the word of the Lord…”
  6. Heb 1:3: “Word of his power…”
  7. “These powerful, creative words from God are often called God’s decrees. A decree of God is a word of God that causes something to happen.”
  8. The Word of God as Personal Address
  9. “God sometimes communicates with people on earth by speaking directly to them.”
  10. Gen 2:16-17
  11. Matt 3:17
  12. Ex 20:1-3
  13. The Word of God Through Human Lips
  14. “Frequently in Scripture God raises up prophets through whom he speaks… Thus, God’s words spoken through human lips were considered to be just as authoritative and just as true as God’s words of personal address. There was no diminishing of the authority of these words when they were spoken through human lips. To disbelieve or disobey any of them was to disbelieve or disobey God himself.”
  15. Deut 18:18-20
  16. Jer 1:7
  17. The Word of God in Written Form (Bible)
  18. Deut 31:9-13
  19. Deut 31:24-26
  20. Josh 24:26
  21. “Of all the forms of the Word of God, the focus of our study in systematic theology is God’s Word in written form, that is, the Bible. This is the form of God’s Word that is available for study, for public inspection, for repeated examination, and as a basis for mutual discussion… God’s words as spoken through human lips ceased to be given when the NT canon was completed…”
  22. The Word of God in Jesus Christ
  23. John 1:1-3, v. 18 à ξη-γέομαι

 

  1. What Does Our Confession Say?
  2. Of the Holy Scripture 1.1: “The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary unto salvation…
  3. General Revelation

Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in diversified manners to reveal Himself, and to declare (that) His will unto His church;

  1. Heb 1:1
  2. AKA – Direct Speech, Prophecy, Decrees

…and afterward…

(1) for the better preserving and propagating of the truth,

(2) and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world,

to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God's revealing His will unto His people being now completed.

  1. 2 Pet 1:19-20

 

  1. How Can We Incorporate This Into Worship?
  2. Corporate Confession: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of the sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Ps 1:1-2
  3. 2. Word of God Central to Worship
  4. Call to Worship
  5. In Song
  6. In Responsive Readings
  7. In Proclamation
  8. In Organization

 

  1. How Can We Incorporate This Into Life?
  2. “People of the Book” > Revelation & Mysteries

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