Some hermeneutics principles can help us how to work in the better frame of interpret the Bible, such as the literary context, historical context and how to compare Scripture. As we search the word of God with passion and earnestly, the Holy Spirit will illuminate us, so we can grasp his will in our life “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:13).
“The necessity of Scripture means that the Bible is necessary for knowledge of the gospel, for maintaining spiritual life, and for certain knowledge of God’s will” (Grudem 54). Grudem claims that the Bible is necessary for salvation, and that one must hear the gospel or read it, in order to come to Christ. Matthew 4:4, states that man cannot live on bread alone, but on the word of God. This verse affirms the statement that Scripture is necessary for maintaining a spiritual life. (Grudem 54-5).
Biblical Authority Inspiration can be defined as God’s ongoing and dynamic revelation of truths to humans in order for us to know how to live and deal with spiritual and ethical encounters, by instilling wisdom and understanding of his word. Since humans wrote the Bible there is room for idiosyncrasies, intelligence, historic context, social context, and geographical context to influence scripture. However, God’s revelation of himself and his character prevails through the Bible. There is a dimension of God that can only be reached through personal encounters of His truths, through prayerful reflection of the Bible. In the terms of modern philosophy, a movement called logical positivism and logical syllogism had an affect on reasoning and the term inspiration.
Each plays a role in how revelation is outlined in the biblical sense. The foundation of Doctrine, Theology and how it is received through humankind reflects revelation and can be shown through 2 Timothy 3:16 2, All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (NRSV).
Personally, this misunderstanding could be explained as an exegetical scriptural reading. The task of preaching is more than a simple reading of scripture and explaining the message of the scripture. It must be transformed into the word of life for Preaching must include contemporary issues that plague the lives of those who hear. One must first understand that it is Divine Activity. Preaching is God’s holy inspired word, delivered through the preacher himself, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Question #1: What does biblical inspiration mean? Does God speak to us directly through the bible, or is the word of God always open to interpretation? How does one best defend his or her interpretation? Metzger defines Biblical inspiration as the doctrine in Christian theology that the authors and editors of the Bible were led or influenced by God with the result that their writings may be designated in some sense the word of God. Migliore writes in Faith Seeking Understanding that the Bible is identified without qualification with God’s words.
Books are unable to speak, control, or even transport themselves, how can a book effectively carry out the definition described above unless it is more than a book? The Bible can carry out the definition based on its author and inspiration. The Bible is the Word of God, God allowed man to scribe in written form revelations of himself. God being the author meticulously and effectively allowed man to reveal God’s authority over all creation and allowing communication between man and himself.
If we have other authority that tells us something contradicting it, we must realize that because of the Bible’s sole authority in our lives, it comes before everything else. Because of the Bible’s Godly nature, true Baptists refuse to place any other writings, doctrine, or creeds above it. Sole Authority is easily recognized in the Scriptures. I Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” The Bible clearly states that it itself is the very Word of God. And if we believe in a just, righteous, omnipotent God, we must believe and give heed to His words.
The Christ-event is God's definitive self-disclosure, while Scripture and preaching are made to correspond to him as a faithful witness becomes the perfect statement according to Barth (Barth, 2003, p. 61). Barth’s opening thesis is a view that everything that can be known with confidence about God or divine things is known only or primarily by faith, as opposed to a coherent or cognitive. In addition, existential, in the sense that Barth affirms that scripture has an objective significance, even before considering it through faith and reason. According to Barth, “This circumstance is the simple fact that in the congregation of Jesus Christ, the Bible has specific authority and significance” (p. 56) and without the congregation it becomes only historical. It becomes important to uphold and defend the Bible’s authority and the power does not come from any simple measure employed by us individually.
We need a renewed commitment to the truth as found in the Scriptures and as summarized in theological and doctrinal propositions. (Phillips 26) When Pilate ask the question ‘what is truth,’ the Lord answered this in the upper room when he said “I am the way the truth and the life”. No one should deny to Christ a personal identification with truth. Before we say we hold Christ and the Bible as central to education, we need to do some serious thinking about God’s Truth.