Posted by Pastoral Musings on 10th March 2011
If we are to be true and serious students of the Scripture we must take seriously its claims for itself. We cannot a priori rule out inspiration. Neither can we rule out it truly being a coherent book of books. We must study to see if this is so. In doing so, we must seek to see whether there are indeed common themes that run throughout the whole. If we refuse to do so, no matter what our education and intelligence, we shall have failed in our efforts to learn what the Bible is about.
The essence of Scripture is Jesus. Scripture points to Him from the beginning, and finds in Him its end.
Jesus said that Scripture spoke of Him:
“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. ” (Luke 24:44–47)
The Revelation tells us that the eschatalogical prophecy points us to Jesus:
“.. the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. ” (Revelation 19:10)
If this reality is missing, all is missing.
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