My thinking about the authority of Scripture has been greatly shaped by a few different people . . . Eugene Peterson, Karl Barth, Pete Rollins, and my professor mk to name a few. Today, I wanted to share some of the words of Peterson that have influenced me in this regard.
The intent of reading Scripture, among people of faith, is to extend the range of our listening to the God who reveals himself in word, to become acquainted with the ways in which he has spoken in various times and places, along with the ways in which people respond when he speaks.
And the written and printed word of Scripture has become synonymous with the word of God. We assume that if we have it in print we have it, period. Bible equals word of God without discussion and without the faintest realization that to equate the bound book ‘Bible’ with the ‘word of God’ would not have been comprehensible to most of our Christian ancestors.
A textbook is the one thing the Scriptures most emphatically are not.
We read Scripture in order to listen again to the word of God spoken, and when we do, we hear him speak. Somehow or other these words live.
Pastors do their work in the midst of this paradox: dead letters written by human hands are living words spoken by God.
Scripture is God’s word and if Jesus is God’s word, then the two word forms are congruent with each other: the Scriptures are God’s word in Jesus; Jesus is God’s word in Scripture.