Clearly presented from the 1689 London Confession is this. "The Holy Scriptureis the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, andobedience." It further states that God's will for His church is declared in theScriptures and that they are "most necessary" for the "better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of thechurch against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of theworld."
The Basis Of This Doctrine:(the underlying principle)
(Inspiration, infallibility, and preservation as essential and tied together.)
Is The inspiration of the Scriptures: (II Timothy 3:16)
If the Scriptures were and are inspired, verbally inspired, literally breathed of God it would seem unnecessary to raise the question of their authority. If theScriptures were and are inspired then they must be absolutely authoritative in allmatters of faith and practice. They are, as one writer penned; "clothed with God'sauthority." This is the exclusive domain of the Word of God. No other source of divine revelation is to be accepted and certainly not tolerated by any sound preacher or church. I wonder how many know that one of the men involved in therevised translation of the Bible wrote an article against the inspiration of theScriptures? (G. Vance Smith 1871) By what right did they remove inspired words?
Is The infallibility of the Scriptures: (Luke 24:25-27)
Every Word of God challenges our attention. This book does not contain theWord of God but is the Word of God - every Word is God breathed. Nothing is to be added and nothing is to be taken away. It cannot be made void (
the scripturecannot be broken
; John 10:35), to reject any portion of Scripture is to rejectChrist's word. He used it authoritatively. Its authority cannot be withstood or denied. There is only one name given under heaven whereby we must be saved andthat name reigns and rings throughout the pages of this heavenly book. No rival isnow or ever has been recognized as a revelation of God's will to man by any true New Testament church.
John 5:39 ("
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me
.") is not a condemnation of loving and reading theword but that the Jews read the scriptures with a veil over their hearts and couldnot see the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. In the older writings and confessions of faith it is noted that "our full persuasion and assurance of infallible truth, anddivine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit." (I Cor. 2:13;Mark 12:24) A constant acknowledgment of the inward illumination of the Spiritof God as necessary accompanies most historical literature about the Scriptures.