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Word for Word, God-Given…

August 27, 2010

This week I have attempted to draw some focus on the importance of biblical interpretation and how we should utilize the physical Bible we hold in our hands.  It is a joy to meditate on its precepts and an eternal encouragement to delve into its truths; however before one dives in deep its helpful to know how to swim.  The church-at-large is so blessed by God to have men and women who have devoted years to plumb the depths of Scripture and develop the skills to ‘rightly divide the word of truth.’

One such giant of evangelicalism is J.I. Packer.  If you have not yet read any of his works such as, Knowing God, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, or his Concise Theology then I would recommend that you do.  There is a glorious simplicity in the way in which Packer tackles the most delicate and immense theological truths.  He handles the text of Scripture with a deft ability, and he is often concise and more often profound.

Below I have posted a link  to a chapter he wrote in 1958 for a book entitled “Fundamentalism and the Word of God.” The chapter is simply entitled The Interpretation of Scripture.  Here is an excerpt from his conclusion:

“We have now presented in positive outline the biblical approach to Scripture. Its text is word for word God-given; its message is an organic unity, the infallible Word of an infallible God, a web of revealed truth centered upon Christ; it must be interpreted in its natural sense, on the assumption of its inner harmony; and its meaning can be grasped only by those who humbly seek and gladly receive the help of the Holy Spirit.”

This brief chapter is informative, accurate and classic Packer.  Its worth your time to read and worth printing and keeping in your library.

Click Here to read The Interpretation of Scripture **

**(This link is from a website called bible-researcher.com an excellent resource for “students who are looking for detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture.”)

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