Scripture: Genesis 1:1-6
If the church is to have a firm footing in a post-modern era marred by Biblical illiteracy, moral relativism and selective literalism, it must make its stand on the inspired Word of God. Even beyond a firm foundation on the authority of scripture, we must embrace the "Logos," the Living Word who is Jesus Christ, as was emphasized by Karl Barth.
In the same Christocentric heart with which Barth attacked the "alien Gods" that pervert theology, we must be aware of the simple yet dangerous word that so easily infiltrates our theology: the short conjunction "and." This word implies something else can be placed next to God. "And" is the first sign of idolatry. "And" is the error that has led theology astray.
On the contrary, our understanding of scripture must stand on its divine authority alone. The Bible is God's written revelation of His will to men. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, the Bible tells only one story - salvation through Jesus Christ. It not only tells you how to obtain salvation, it empowers you to walk in that salvation. To be able to do this, it is essential that one understands the Bible is not just a story about God. It is a story told by God. Further still, as Barth would emphasize, the scripture itself is God (John 1:1-4,14).
Indeed, all scripture is of divine origin and inspiration (Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16) When describing this inspiration in the latter, Paul uses the Greek word "theopneustos," which is a combination of two Greek words: "Theos" which means "God," and "pneo" which means "to breathe." Paul was telling Timothy - and each of us - that scripture literally is "God breathed." This is a truth well-established throughout scripture (Hebrews 1:1; 2 Samuel 23:2; Jeremiah 1:9; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
God first revealed His covenant then inspired individuals to convey that revelation so that He could illuminate the truth of that revelation in our lives (Ephesians 1:17-18).
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