Of The Holy Scriptures and Apologetics 1

The YouTube video is available here.


  • We have been warned by the so-called Biblicism
     This is the idea that doesn’t recognize the importance of historical documents of Christianity
     “No creed but the Bible”
  • The Infallibility of the Scripture
     “The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and. obedience,”
  • The nature of the scripture 2 Timothy 3:15-17
     Note: The word “breathed out by God” in the original language is “theopneustos”, divinely breathed in: given by inspiration of God
     Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
  • The Necessity of the Scripture (Preservation & Completion)
     Ultimately, the main purpose of Special Revelation is for the salvation of the elect
  • How does one come to accept the Bible’s claims?
     Roman Catholic Approach: By the authority of the Church
     Classical Approach: Proofs of the Bible’s divinity (To make this primary is to rest the Bible on the judgment of men)
     Biblical Approach: The Bible is self-authenticating
     Ultimately we come to accept or be persuaded because of the work of the Spirit of God.
  • By Good and necessary consequence
     Definition: [Ryan M. McGraw, By Good and Necessary Consequence: 3] – “the term “good and necessary consequence” refers to doctrines and precepts that are truly contained in and intended by the divine Author of Scripture, yet are not found or stated on the surface of the text and must be legitimately inferred from one or more passages of Scripture. As the phrase indicates, such inferences must be “good,” or legitimately drawn from the text of Scripture.”
    • Examples: The Analogy of Scriptures (This means that the final authoritative interpreter of a specific Scripture is the rest of the Scripture: If a passage is unclear, other Scriptures more clear should interpret the passage); The Analogy of Faith (The analogy of faith resulted from the fact that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore possesses consistency and unity)
  •  Implications If You Deny the Principle of By Good and Necessary Consequence:
    o Denial of Christian Orthodoxy – The doctrine of the Trinity is perhaps the most complex example of the principle of good and necessary consequence
    o Denial of Sola Scriptura – word thing fallacy or Nuda Scriptura
    o Denial of Biblical Preaching – If there is no principle of good and necessary consequence, then, there is no actual preaching of the Word. Because all faithful preaching is derived or deducted from the Scriptures [Second Helvetic Confession] – “When this Word of God is now preached in the church by preachers lawfully called, we believe that the very Word of God is proclaimed and received by the faithful. . . The preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God.”
    o Point: When a necessary doctrine or application is legitimately drawn from the text of God’s Word, then that doctrine or application has the very power of the authority of God to enforce it!

Published by Jordan Ravanes

The host of the Christian Worldview Project

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