Musculus, 1578, on the Theocentricity of Scripture’s Authority

Of the truth and accomplishment of the holy scriptures

The truth of the holy Scriptures dependeth upon the truth of God who is the author of them. He that doubteth the truth of them, either does not believe that they were uttered by the instance of the Holy Spirit, or else if he doubts not of that, he does not believe that God cannot lie. Or if he does believe that also, he takes him mutable as man, so that the same to which he would have to say tomorrow changing his mind, he would none of it. All which opinions be far from them that be of the number of true believers. For they do doubt nothing at all, but that the holy Scriptures be of God, and that God can never lie, neither be changed. They do say with the Apostle: “Let God rather be true, and every man a liar.” And with the Prophet: “The word of God is tried by fire, cleansed seven times.” They know the saying, “I am GOD, and am not changed. “And that also of Isa, “Like as the dew and the snow cometh from the heaven and returneth not thither again but moiseneth the earth, so is the word that goeth out of my mouth, it returneth not unto me void, but doeth whatsoever I will, and doth prosper in those matters whereunto I sent it. ” Wherefore they that be persuaded of the truth of God are persuaded also of the certainty and truth of the saying of God, which he set forth to us in holy scriptures.

Wolfgang Musculus, Common Places of the Christian Religion. Translated out of the Latin into English by John Man of Merton College (London: Imprinted at Henry Bynneman, 1578), 387-388.

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

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