“The gospel is the proclamation of good tidings, good tidings from God, good tidings of what God has done, good tidings of what he has promised to do. the passion of missions is quenched when we lose sight of the grandeur of the evangel” (John Murray, Collected Works, Vol. 1, 59).
For many churches, the question will come down to this: If men and women are interchangeable in the garden-sanctuary, why not elsewhere? If the sexes are interchangeable at the center of life, in the liturgy, why aren’t they interchangeable everywhere?
Concluding question from a recent post by Peter J. Leithart.
“Unless we believe that revelation is still in process as it was in the days of the prophets, in the days of our Lord, and in the days of the apostles subsequent to the Lord’s ascension, then Scripture occupies for us an exclusive place and performs an exclusive function as the only extant mode of revelation. . . . This is what the finality of Scripture means for us; it is the only extant revelatory Word of God” (John Murray, Collected Works, Vol. 1, 19).
“The inspiration of Scripture involves verbal inspiration. If it did not carry with it the inspiration of words, it would not be inspiration at all. Words are the media of communication” (John Murray, Collected Works, Vol. 1, 14).