The Authority of Scripture – from a lecture by John Woodbridge

Theology-conference1-646x200 I was pleased to attend the Theology Conference of the EFCA at Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, at the end of January, 2015.  One piece of a lecture by Dr. Woodbridge was very interesting.  He was speaking of the history view of the truthfulness and reliability of Scripture from the “Church Fathers” down through now.  He was saying that the belief in inerrancy and infallibility were not recent additions, but flow along with the history streams of Christendom.

Four uses of Biblical Authority from a Lecture by John Woodbridge 1\29\2015

“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”   Hebrews 4:12

  1. Infallible rule of faith and practice.

The Roman Catholic church said the Bible needed to be added to, to fill out our knowledge of salvation.  Tradition is held equal with scripture.

  • Infallibility means that the scriptures will reliably accomplish what they promise.
  1. Authority of scripture as a source of power.

This is the power of preaching and the reason for scripture distribution, and the importance of Bible translation.

Romans 1:16:  “I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for salvation.”

  1. Authority of the Bible is a source of renewal in church life.

The Reformation.

The Wesleyan Renewal

Great Awakenings

  1. Scriptural authority a nourishing source of family life and raising children.

Dt. 6:4-9

Proverbs 1-9

  • Inerrancy: “Inerrancy means that we all facts are known, the Scripture in the original autographs and properly interpreted will be shown to be wholly true in everything that they affirm, whether that has to do with doctrine or morality or with the social, physical, or life sciences.”  Paul Feinberg.

Isaiah in 2 hours!

Isaiah.sistine.2i had the opportunity to give an overview of the Prophets and the prophet Isaiah at Madison’s Christian Life College. Egads!  That is an impossible task!  I thought it best to give the word some time to speak for itself. So along with introductory material on the book, we read some passages out loud and noted what we could.

I hoped to

  • Make a few people fall in love with the book
  • Encourage students to read Isaiah with an awareness to language and literary style.

Here are my notes. – Isaiah


  • Isaiah is massive and not easily understood in many ways. It incorporates the broadest themes of Scripture with the most elevated literary style of any biblical book.
  • Isaiah is too important to ignore or skim.
  • Be Aware of literary style – best commentary, if I only owned one would be The Prophecy of Isaiah, J. A. Motyer.