Friday, December 22, 2006

Knowledge of the whole breadth

I was preaching on Matthew 4:1-11 today and was thinking about the way Jesus used Scripture to assault Satan. It occurred to me that Satan used the Scripture, giving a good example of how even Scripture can be used to entice us to sin. Just because you know Scripture does not mean you understand it, nor does it mean that you know how to rightly use Scripture.

Jesus, on the other hand, used Scripture in a way very much akin to the way systematic theologians use Scripture. His command of Scripture revealed a knowledge of the whole breadth of Scripture and He was able to bring multiple Scriptures to bear on particular situations and topics - which is simply the way that systematic theologians engage in Bible study.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good word and great warning.

Merry Christmas!

Blessings in Christ Jesus!

7:22 AM, December 23, 2006  
Blogger Vicki said...

Good post. Sending warmest Christmas greetings to you and your precious family.

9:44 AM, December 23, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad you like it, and the same to you and your family, Phil. Peace.

12:28 PM, December 23, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad you like it, Vicki. I hope you have a good Christmas and that your husband's health stays good. Peace.

5:50 PM, December 23, 2006  
Blogger Bill Williams said...

May your knowledge and experience of the riches of God’s grace, abundantly lavished on us through the gift of His Son as our Savior and King, warm your souls and brighten your days through this holiday season. Merry Christmas! -bill

12:07 PM, December 25, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Amen. Thanks, Bill; I wish the same for you. And may you keep me in mind should you find any medium-sized congregations looking for a preacher!

1:37 PM, December 25, 2006  

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