English Ministry of Inland Church

Shepherd’s Corner – February 19, 2017

On the relationship of Scripture and the Church, Aimee Byrd quotes Herman Bavinck and explains orthodoxy is communicated through the Scriptures in the Church: “We must avoid the one-sidedness of intellectualism and that of mysticism, for they are both a denial of the riches of revelation. Since both head and heart, the whole person in being and consciousness, must be renewed, revelation in this dispensation is continued jointly in Scripture and in the church. In this context, the two are most intimately connected. Scripture is the light of the church, and the church the life of Scripture. Apart from the church, Scripture is an enigma and an offense. Without rebirth no one can know it. Those who do not participate in its life cannot understand its meaning and its point of view. Conversely, the life of the church is a complete mystery unless Scripture sheds its life upon it. Scripture explains the church; the church understands Scripture. In the church Scripture confirms and seals its revelation, and in Scripture the Christian—and the church—learn to understand themselves in relation to God and the world, in their past, present, and future.” -Herman Bavinck. In a nutshell the Church cannot exist without the Scriptures and the Scriptures cannot be interpreted outside of the Church.

in Him,
Rev. Daevid Yoon

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