Ryle, writing on the plenary authority of Scripture, admonishes the reader,
“That is, that everything which it says must be received reverently and unhesitatingly, and that not one jot or tittle of it ought to be disregarded. Every word of Scripture must be allowed its full weight, and must neither be clipped, passed over, nor evaded. If the 82nd Psalm calls princes who are mere men ‘gods,’ there cannot be any impropriety in applying the expression to persons commissioned by God. The expression may seem strange at first. Never mind, it is in the Scripture and must be right.”
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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2 thoughts on “J.C. Ryle on John 10:35”
What a reverent and Biblical attitude toward the inspired words of God. Would that modern text critics “trembleth at [God’s] word” as the divines of old did.
Yes. After the Savior was separated from His Word the doxological or “worshipping God with all your mind” theological and exegetical writing evident in all of Ryle’s commentaries was abandoned. As Dr. Hills said, the Bible issue is not solely academic, it is a matter of not believing what Jesus said. And, as Dr. Van Kleeck has pointed out, Jesus made claims too difficult for the modern Evangelical critic to accept.
Thanks for the note.
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