Saturday, January 17, 2009

Our Glasses and Lifeline

Book One - the Knowledge of God the Creator
Chapter 6 - Scripture is Needed as Guide and Teacher for Anyone Who Would Come to God the Creator
Section 1 - God bestows the actual knowledge of Himself upon us only in the Scriptures
Knowledge gleaned from nature only produces ingratitude in us, given our blindness.
The Bible is like glasses for us blind men, to see clearly God's glory in the world.
We must know God as Redeemer as well as Creator
We can tell the true God from all pretenders only by the litmus test of the Bible.

Section 2 - The Word of God as Holy Scripture
The Bible makes our faith unambiguous; we know exactly WHO and WHAT to believe.
Christ is the summation of everything revealed in the Bible (Rom 10:4).
To know God aright, you have to be a teachable student of the Bible.
"Faith is born of obedience." Huh.

Section 3 - Without Scripture we fall into error
In our forgetfulness and faithlessness we leave the true God easily.
When we leave the Word, tend to get hasty and zealous, but should simply return.
God is "unapproachable," (1 Tim 6:16), [Calvin] "like an inexplicable labyrinth unless we are conducted into [Him] by the thread of the Word."

Section 4 - Scripture can communicate to us what the revelation in the creation cannot
The Word is meant to overcome our blindness to God's revealing Himself in nature.
Ps 19:; 29:9-11; 93:5; John 4:22.

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