The Necessity of Scripture, WSC 1.1

Is the Scripture necessary for salvation?

How does God communicate with us?  What is the difference between general revelation and special revelation? What does creation teach us about God? Can we obtain a saving knowledge of God through creation, or is special revelation (the Bible) necessary for salvation? What does it mean that the Bible is "the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience." (1689 BCF)?  These are the questions that this resource page hopes to answer

Necessity of Sctipture refers to mankind’s utter dependence on God’s special revelation in the Scriptures in order to obtain a true knowledge of the gospel and His plan of salvation, which cannot be learned through the general revelation of nature and conscience.

The Westminster Confession 1.1:

"Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.." WCF 1.1

Resources
Psalm 19 - Romans 1:18-23 - Romans 2:14 - Hebrews 1:1-2

The Bible's Necessity by Robert Reymond

Unregenerate Knowledge of God by John Frame

The Reformed Doctrine Of Scripture by Cornelius Van Til

The Necessity of Scripture: Commentary on WCF 1.1 by Robert Shaw

Of the Insufficiency of the Law by John Brown of Haddington

Necessity of Scripture by P G Mathew

Necessity of Scripture by Octavius Winslow

The Necessity of Scripture (.pdf) by William Barrick

Of the Holy Scriptures (Commentary on the WCF) by David Dickson

Of the Necessity of Scripture by A. A. Hodge

The Reformed Doctrine of Special Revelation: What It Is and What It Isn't by Keith Mathison

The Necessity of Revelation by Francis Turretin

Revelation by Louis Berkhof

A Commentary of the 1689 LBCF - Of the Holy Scriptures by Gary Marble

The Necessity of Scripture by Brian Evans

Westminster Confession Chapter 1.1 by Scott Oliphint

Necessity: Can We Know God Apart from the Bible? (Handout)

Summary of the ECF, Chapter 1, "Of the Holy Scripture" by John A. Battle

What Is The Word Of God? by Louis Berkhof

Nature Through the Lens of Scripture by Cornelius Van Til

Saturn Speaks About God. But It Doesn’t Say Anything… by Mark Altrogge

 

Multimedia
The 1689 on the Necessity of Scripture (1.1) by Joe Thorn

WCF on the Necessity of Scripture (MP3)by The Jerusalem Chamber

The Doctrine of Scripture in the 2LCF: Its Necessity, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 (Vimeo) by Bob Gonzolas

The Necessity of Scripture -1 Corinthians 2:6-2:13 (MP3) by Kevin DeYoung

The Necessity of Scripture (MP3) by Wayne Grudem

The Doctrine of Revelation by Douglas Kelly

Scripture as the Foundation for Theology by James Anderson

The Marks of Scripture - 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (MP3)

 

Books

Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 1: Prolegomena by Herman Bavinck

Disputations on Holy Scripture by William Whitaker

Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung

Thy Word is Truth by E.J. Young

From the Mouth of God by Sinclair Ferguson

The Final Word by O Palmer Robertson

The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame

Thy Word is Still Truth by Peter A. Lillback and Richard B. Gaffin

 

 

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