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|NASB||2 Chronicles 36:15 ¶ The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;|
|2 Chronicles 36:15 ¶ The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.|
|Subject: Necessity and Sufficiency of the Word|
Bible Note: "If God in all His sovereign majesty did not choose to reveal Himself to mankind, there would be no true knowledge of Him or the possibility of a true relationship with Him.
"All human efforts to get to know God by man-created means lead invariably to false religions or mysticisms. Consequently, the primary question governing our relationship with God is the question of submission -- either to His revelation or to our imagination. The former requires that we rely upon a divine influence over our minds, which must be submissive to the truth of the Revealer. The latter depends upon the amassing of propositions, theses, and traditions: a mixture of philosophy, psychology, and theology -- a man-made 'philo-psycho-theology.'
"It is an example of God's merciful kindness to fallen humanity that He has willed that all of the knowledge we need for a relationship with Him, and for correct worship of Him, would be provided by Him.
"Too often what passes for unity is really compromise. It is better to be divided by truth than united in error.
"In an age where the absolute authority of Scripture has been jettisoned for the sake of agreement at the expense of doctrinal distinctives, we must be reminded that for real unity to exist among Christians, it must be based on the unadulterated truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ contained in the Scripture alone.
"A conscience that is bound by the Word of God is a force that no nation, system, or age can withstand." --R. Bruce Bickel (2009, from the Forward written to "Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible")
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