Bibliology

Posted: August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

What is Bibliology? Bibliology may be defined as the Study of the Bible. Biblio is in reference to the Bible and “ology” means the study of. So, we conclude with the study of the Bible, or the doctrine of the Bible. The Bible is the Word of the living God.

The Word of God

The Word of God may be defined as, (1) the written Word of God. That is, the words God (The Father, The Christ, and the Holy Spirit (being one God) desired to write to us and to reveal His will to us. (2) Jesus is the Word in the physical flesh (John 1:1).

Revelation

God communicates and reveals Himself in two ways to His beings. There is general revelation and special revelation. The former (general) is when we see things of God in nature (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 2:15). We do conclude therefore, that anyone can know things about God by looking at nature (apart from the Bible), however these thoughts are incomplete. Special Revelation is when God reveals Himself to us and we can be a follow of Christ (Romans 10:13-17). Special Revelation is needed before someone comes to Salvation.

Inspiration

The Inspiration of Scripture declares that the Bible, in its original manuscripts was written by God through human authors with their personalities. All Scripture is inspired by God (or as some put it, “God Breathed”), which means the Old Testament, which was Jesus’ Bible, and the New Testament (2 Timothy 3:16).

Inerrancy

Inerrancy and Inspiration of Scripture do go together. Inerrancy declares that the Bible in its original manuscripts were perfect and without error. D.A. Carson says that where there is a truth claim, God’s words are inerrant; they tell us the truth (Carson) (2 Timothy 3:16). If the Bible was not inerrant, then we have a errant Word of God, that is, full of errors and then we cannot trust it. However, we do have an inerrant Bible which God has given to us!

Bible Authority

The authority of the Bible is the ultimate, absolute authority that we have. So much so as to disbelieve or disobey any of the words in the Bible would be to disbelieve or disobey God himself, which is a sin against Him (1Samuel 10:8; 1 Kings 20:35; 1 Peter 1:19-21, 2 Peter 3:16, 1 Timothy 5:18) (Grudem 73). So, in our faith and our practice or the things we do, we should do everything the Bible commands that relates to us and be reading the Bible so we know what is says in all circumstances of life (Psalm 119:11).

Perspicuity of Scripture

Perspicuity means clarity. The Bible is clear and can be understood. The Bible is perfectly clear in its message. We should not be reading the Bible and trying to re-explain their message/or rather to adjust it to make it easy when the message of the Bible is already clear, otherwise we will be distorting the Bible. While humans are not perfect, our sinful flesh can distort and does distort the correct understanding of Scripture. This is why it is wise to be reading Scripture daily and reading other books about Scripture to help us in our understanding. Peter does claim that the Apostle Paul’s writing’s can be hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). This is not saying that we cannot understand or comprehend it, but rather it is difficult for our minds to grasp it because we, humans, are finite beings.

Sufficiency of Scripture

Dr. Wayne Grudem defines the sufficiency of Scripture as, “Scripture contained all the words of God He intended His people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that is now contains everything we need God to tell us for salvation, for trusting Him perfectly, and for obeying Him perfectly (Grudem 127).” Paul told Timothy that he was acquainted with the Sacred Writing (2 Timothy 3:15). Scripture is what we need for Salvation, it is sufficient in itself (James 1:18). Because of the Inspired Writings, we are now “equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17). We should remember that nothing is sin that is not forbidden either explicitly, or implicitly and vice versa—nothing is required of us that is not mentioned in Scripture (Psalm 119:1). So, do we know everything about God? Absolutely not (Deuteronomy 29:29)! We should be content with what God has revealed to us and study it all that we can, because it will take a life time to study these things alone, and they (The Bible) are perfectly sufficient for salvation and our daily lives.
The Word of God is perfect. It will not lead us astray as it is sufficient for us, and God wrote it. It is absolutely amazing and loving of Him to give us such a book! God’s word will not change and it is without error.

Works Cited
Carson, DA. “‪What Is ‘inerrancy’?‬‏.” YouTube – Broadcast Yourself. 4 Sept. 2010. Web. 20 June 2011. .
Grudem, Wayne A. Systematic Theology: an Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000. Print.

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