Tuesday, February 02, 2010

God's Infallible Word

To round off a series of post on the nature of scripture, perhaps I can quote Ridderbos and also (in the next post) a section of the WTS Hermeneutics Field Committee paper. Both are very much in line with my own position. First, Ridderbos:
[W]hat we are confronted with in Scripture is not just human beings in their human faith and human efforts to witness to what they understood of God's revelation; it is God himself, addressing himself to us by men...But at the same time we must always be aware that it is God's speaking in his condescension to men, wonderfully adjusting himself to human language and human possibilities of understanding, Studies, 33

To attempt a theological definition of the Scripture is no easy matter. This results from its unique origin and character. All Scripture is God-breathed. Therefore all our human definitions will remain inadequate. Just because it is divine, it arises above our knowledge, and we shall never fully realize 'what is the breadth and length and height and depth' (Eph 3.18). This applies also to its authority and infallibility. Its authority is much greater than we are able to express in human words. But at the same time we have to acknowledge that this Word of God has entered so very much into the human and has so identified itself with it that we shall always again stand before the question as to what the unassailably divine and what the relativity of the human in Scripture mean concretely, Studies, 34.