According to Scriptures
The Westminster Confession of Faith begins with the first chapter on the Holy Scriptures. In section five, the Divines draw attention to the Holy Spirit’s inward work, who bears witness to the Word in our hearts. Before this, they explain many aspects of the Word such as “the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts…” They explain that these items listed above and more can be external evidence of the Scriptures but it only through the inward working of the Holy Spirit that brings it to life in our hearts. I say all of this to explain that the more I study the Scriptures, the more I see the Bible as the unified work of the Holy Spirit as he carried chosen men to record the Word of God. The Westminster Confession explains this as the ‘consent’ of all the parts. Many people automatically jump to the conclusion that the Bible is a collection of human essays. Everyone has different perspectives of the world and God, like any other collection of writings. A liberal theologian’s bread and butter are apparent contradictions.
However, the Bible is a collection of human writings of men whom the Holy Spirit used. The Gospel tread flows throughout the pages of Scriptures. One of the great reasons I call myself ‘reformed’ is because of this truth, ‘according to the Scriptures.’ I finally understood the Gospel was not Plan B, but the plan from the beginning, well just after the beginning (Cf. Gen 1:1). Paul explains to the Church in Corinth that “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3-4). The Gospel Paul proclaimed was the same one given in Genesis 3:15, about the snake crusher coming to crush the serpent’s head.
One of my Professors at Seminary asked a very pointed question that constantly resounds in Pastoral Ministry, “How thick is your Bible?” God has given us the Holy Scriptures. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. Sixty-Six Books, all concerning all things necessary for His glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life. When we look at Christ’s life in the Gospel accounts or even his death, burial, and resurrection, we should not do so without our thick Bibles in our hands. Because when we see the beautify of this story, which is His Story. The Gospel is not only found in the first four books of the New Testament, but Jesus is on every page.