Friday, February 4, 2011

A Clarion Call of Surrender

In conclusion it should be pointed out that the doctrine of Scripture set forth above sets before men the face of God. God requires of men that they love and obey him. He made them perfect in his image. They rebelled against him. Now he is, in grace, calling them to repentance through his Son. He tells them about this call to repentance and love in the Bible. So Christ, the Redeemer, the Son of God, speaks directly to us in the words of Scripture.

It follows that those who take the Bible to be what it says it is, must present this Bible as conveying a challenge of Christ to men. They must use it always as a means with which to send forth a clarion call of surrender to those who are rebels against God. To be sure, it is the grace of God that is offered to men. Just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem and her children, desiring that they might re pent, so those who are believers must be filled with deep concern and love for the lost. But in their love for the lost they must, none the less, not lower the claims of God revealed in Christ who calls upon "all men everywhere" to repent (Acts 17:30). This call to repentance has application for the whole of human life and for all the activities of men.

"The authority of Scripture extends itself over the whole man and over the whole of humanity. It stands above mind and will, above heart and conscience; it cannot be compared to any other authority."

Men must therefore be asked to repent for the way they have carried on their scientific enterprises, no less than for the way they have worshiped idols. Scripture is the Word, the living Word of God who is the Creator and Redeemer of men and of mankind. It pre supposes that he to whom it comes is ". . . corrupted in his religious attitude and therefore in need of redemption. It would therefore be to deny itself if it recognized the natural man as its competent judge. If Christianity is in the full sense of the term a religion of redemption and therefore wants to redeem man from the error of his intellect as well as from the impurity of his heart, if it wants to save man from the death of his soul as well as from that of his body, then it can in the nature of the case not subject itself to the criticism of man, but must subject man to the criticism of itself." "The revelation of God in Christ does not seek support or justification from men. It posits and maintains itself in high majesty. Its authority is not only normative but also causative. It fights for its own triumph. It conquers for itself the hearts of men. It makes itself irresistible."

Cornelius Van Til in  A Christian Theory of Knowledge

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