B. B. Warfield and the Inspiration of Scripture

I came across B. B. Warfield’s description of his belief in the inspiration of Scripture in a book entitled, B. B. Warfield: Essays on His Life and Thought, edited by Gary L. W. Johnson (a great book, by the way):

God’s continued work of superintendence, by which, his providential, gracious and supernatural contributions having been presupposed, he presided over the sacred writers in their entire work of writing, with the design and effect of rendering that writing an errorless record of the matters he designed them to communicate, and hence constituting the entire volume in all its parts the word of God to us. (p. 6)

Warfield was not being in tedious in his writing; he was being precise, for if we do not get the doctrine of Scripture correct, we face the danger of going astray in every other doctrine. The men of the Westminster Assembly were aware of that danger and thus declared:

The supreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture. (WCF 1:10)  

Thus, the question which must be asked in settling any query of consequence is, What do the Scriptures say? It is not the Holy Spirit speaking in some kind of subjective “quiver in our liver,” or “holy nudge,” but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture. That is why it is imperative that we, as God’s people, take the time to read, study, and anchor our lives to the truths that are “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)


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