Over the past 72 hours, I have written over 40 pages and 15,000 words. A Commentary and research paper not only satisfied my academic requirements, but also provided me with a colossal amount of great blogging resources; it makes the workload bitter-sweet. That being said, my commentary was over the New Hampshire Confession: a collection of 18 Articles of Faith used by an innumerable amount of Baptist churches. It addresses some great proclamations and issues of Christianity, and makes for an exceptional Biblical source of doctrine and beliefs. In light of that, I have decided to post some of my most favored and interesting summations of its articles on here. The standard formation will be as noted:
Article 1 – Of the Scriptures
Of the Scriptures We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction (1); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (2), and truth without any mixture of error for its matter (3); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (4); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (5), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (6).
Summary of the Biblical Support: The New Hampshire Confessional (NHC) cites both New and Old Testament support for this article. God’s Word, authoritatively, as man’s instruction and source of salvation is emphatically expressed in 2 Peter 1:21 and Psalm 119:105-106:
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. (Psalm 119:105-106)
2nd Peter notes that man did not create his prophetic authority by any means, but God merely uses man to convey His message. This correlation is easily seen in God’s use of men in the Old Testament as judges and prophets, and their message was authoritative because of God’s anointing; the same principle is applied to the apostolic scribing and canonization of God’s Word. Authoritative declaration from God is foundationally revelatory, but Psalm 119 ardently notes the scripture’s subsequent utilization as a guide and light.
Support for this article would have been stronger if the article had also cited Deuteronomy 28:58-59. The Lord speaks as to reveal not merely how we ought to obey His commands, but to exalt His glory. This glorious recognition of God naturally imparts a righteous fear of God. Often times we see the Bible as only a “handbook” or “set of guidelines”, like life’s roadmap, but it is rooted in a truth far greater. The foundational revelation of the Bible is the character of God and His righteousness. This naturally leads to guidance and instruction for His followers, but we cannot afford to egocentrically view God’s instruction. Primary observance of God’s holiness, righteousness, and glory causes the believer to habitually act in submission and dependence on Him as the true source. Deuteronomy 28 also makes the valid notation that there is consequence to not heeding or submitting to the words of God: righteous wrath from a just and glorious God.
For further response to these claims see a previous post entitled, Who Is This About? – http://tterzek.tumblr.com/post/18922765263/who-is-this-about
Biblical Citation of the NHC:
- 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Sam. 23:2; Acts 1:16; 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31; Psa. 119:11; Rom. 3:1-2
- 2 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; Acts 11:14; Rom. 1:16; Mark 16:16; John 5:38-39
- Prov. 30:5-6; John 17:17; Rev. 22:18-19; Rom. 3:4
- Rom. 2:12; John 12:47-48; 1 Cor. 4:3-4; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47-48
- Phil. 3:16; Eph. 4:3-6; Phil. 2:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:10; 1 Pet. 4:11
- 1 John 4:1; Isa. 8:20; 1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:6; Jude 3:5; Eph. 6:17; Psa. 119:59-60; Phil. 1:9-11