More from Murray, On the Uniqueness of Scripture

“Scripture is unique, not because it takes the place of God, nor the place of Christ, but because of its relationship to God, to Christ, and to the Holy Spirit. It is unique because it is the only way whereby we come into relationship to God in the redemptive revelation of his grace, and the only way whereby Christ in the uniqueness that belongs to him as the Son of God incarnate, as the crucified, risen, and ascended Redeemer, comes within the orbit of our knowledge, faith, experience, and hope. We have no encounter with God, with Christ, and with the Holy Spirit in terms of saving and redeeming grace apart from Scripture. It is the only revelation to us of God’s redemptive will. That is its uniqueness.

Here then is the conclusion proceeding from its uniqueness, its incomparable singularity in the situation that is ours in God’s providence. If we do not accept its verdict respecting its own character or quality, we have no warrant to accept its verdict respecting anything else. If its witness respecting itself is not authentic, then by what warrant may we accept its witness on other matters? By reason of what Scripture is and means in the whole compass of Christian faith and hope we are shut up to what Scripture teaches respecting its origin, character, and authority.”

John Murray–Collected Writings, Vol. 1, The Infallibility of Scripture, pg. 12

I’ve been reading Murray lately, excellent, profound, wise.

In two small paragraphs he dismantles postmodern views of Scripture. I haven’t heard or read a satisfactory response to Murray’s points here, though many books have been written on the subject.

C.M. Granger

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3 thoughts on “More from Murray, On the Uniqueness of Scripture

  1. This quote also squashes the criticism that some Christians who hold a high view of Scripture and its authority, infallibility, and inerrancy “put God in a box and worship the Bible”. Anyone making that claim simply doesn’t understand the nature of revelation.

  2. Is this quote in his four volume set also? I am glad God has sent men before us to be an example in lifestyle and scholarship. Thanks, Chad.

  3. Hi Brian–Yes, it is in the four volume set. I included the reference at the bottom of the post. The first section of volume one is a collection of his shorter works on Scripture–excellent stuff. His work is as relevant today as it was two generations ago.

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