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The (Perspicuity) Clarity of Scripture:

Many keep saying that the Bible is not clear and therefore we can all dive in and interprete it whichever way we want to and draw forth whatever we can make of it. Well regarding the Clarity of Scripture….

clarity“The Scriptures are clear and perspicuous in all things necessary to salvation.  We allow that there are doctrines revealed in the Scriptures which surpass the comprehension of created beings, such as the doctrine of the Trinity, the eternal generation and the incarnation of the Son of God.  These are mysteries which we cannot comprehend, but the doctrines themselves are plainly taught in the Scriptures, and we must receive them on the divine testimony.”
We also admit that in the Scriptures there are some things obscure and ‘hard to be understood.’  But this obscurity is chiefly in history and prophecies, which do not so nearly concern our salvation.  As in nature everything necessary for the support of life occurs almost everywhere, and may be found on the most easy search, while other things less necessary, such as its gems and gold, lie concealed in certain places, and can only be discovered and obtained by great exertions and unwearied industry; so there are things in the Scriptures, ignorance of which will not endanger the salvation of the soul, that are abstruse and difficult to be understood, even by those who possess acute minds and great learning.”
“But we maintain, that all those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly revealed in some place of Scripture or other, that every serious inquirer, in the due use of ordinary means, may understand them.  This may be inferred from the fact that their author is God.  If he intended them to be a rule of faith and life to men, surely he has adapted them to the understandings of men.  There are numerous injunctions to read and search the Scriptures, but these necessarily imply that they are perspicuous and intelligible.  Christians are also commended for searching the Scriptures, and trying by the written Word the doctrines delivered to them (Acts 17:11).”
“If the Scriptures were unintelligible to common Christians, and the interpretation of the Church were necessary to discover their meaning, then such Christians would have no foundation upon which a divine faith could rest.  Their faith must be ultimately resolved into the testimony of men; but human testimony, being fallible, cannot be the ground of an infallible persuasion.” (p.53).

Excerpt from The Reformed Reader.


3 responses to “The (Perspicuity) Clarity of Scripture:

  1. Pieter Stok December 24, 2012 at 00:05

    The key is in the first phrase: “The Scriptures are clear and perspicuous in all things necessary to salvation.” We can stumble over many things but Christ and the cross are foundational. Great quote

  2. Running to Win January 1, 2013 at 05:28

    Sadly, the majority of today’s North American Christians can not be bothered to take the time to study and meditate upon God’s Word….I am reminded of A.W. Tozer’s message “The Inadequacy of Instant Christianity”. But there are gems of faith and instruction for those who love God enough to want to draw near to Him!
    Great post!

  3. Pingback: The Word of God in the 21st Century (2) — Its Clarity | jesaja 66:2

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