Thursday, October 05, 2006
Currently in my studies, I'm trying to read through Grudem's Systematic Theology. So far it has been an encouraging read. However, in order to learn more, I have decided that it would be beneficial for me to write about what I've learned in the chapters/sections that I've read.
So, here I go!!!
Since I've waited too long to write about the first several chapters of the book, I'm going to simply quote my personal highlights from my reading. By the way, this all is on the Doctrine of the Word of God
"'You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it...' (Deut. 4:2; cf. 12:32). In order to have disobeyed such a specific command, Joshua must have been convinced that he was not taking it upon himself to add to the written words of God, but that God himself had authorized such additional writing" (p. 55).
- I don't know about you, but I've never thought about this point. No wonder there were so many Jews that just believed in the Torah! Also, one question comes to mind. How do we then know that there is going to be NOTHING added to the Scriptures after Revelation since the wording of Revelation is basically the same as this? Just asking for us to think. :)
"Even in Peter's statement just quoted, the context is an appeal to the teachings of Paul's letter, which Peter's readers had read and understood (2 Peter 3:15). In fact, Peter assigns some moral blame to those who twist these passages 'to their own destruction.' And he does not say that there are things impossible to understand, but only difficult to understand" (p. 105).
- The reason I love this point so much is that it shows that just because it's "difficult" doesn't mean it isn't necessary. We need to be giving ourselves to the study of the Word! And sometimes (if not many), it is difficult. But, if we're pursuing God rightly, it's a delightful task.
"Instead, whether he is speaking to scholars or untrained common people, his responses always assume that the blame for misunderstanding any teaching of Scripture is not to be placed on the Scriptures themselves, but on those who misunderstand or fail to accept what is written" (p. 106).
- So, these "difficult things" can be understood by the "common people"?! YES! For anything spiritual can only be understood by the SPIRIT! The Scriptures are clear. We're the ones with sin.
"To neglect regular reading of God's Word is as detrimental to the health of our souls as the neglect of physical food is detrimental to the health of our bodies" (p. 118).
- Ah, the stab of gracious conviction.
With this, I will end my post. There are a lot of quotes here. I hope they're at least somewhat beneficial to you. Thanks for reading.
Have a blessed day.