Valuing Revelation

One of the things that frustrates me is the emphasis on dividing over precise definitions of how we understand the Bible.  As a result, I am thankful that I came across this quote from Klyne Snodgrass in his Ephesians commentary:

“In urging that we value the treasure of revelation, I am not urging focus on a particular theory of revelation. Theories are fine, as long as we do not forget that the revelation is unsearchable and inexhaustible and that our theories are always inadequate. People do not have to use the same words—such as ‘inerrancy’—to value the treasure. To set up a particular expression as a necessary description canonizes the wrong material and only detracts from the revelation. What people need to know is that the gospel is truth from God (1:13). While some theories are inadequate, several others are legitimate and useful. But our theories must not become substitutes for the revelation itself. We study the revelation, not our theories.” (p. 170)

 

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