God the Author

Regard for the Bible as the written Word of God is the most fundamental component to any comprehensive and effective Systematic Theology. Scripture was not simply written by men, but men who were ‘moved’ by God. Although the individual personalities, experiences, and writing styles of the human authors are apparent, this does not contradict or invalidate the superintendent work of the Holy Spirit in guiding the pen of Man.  Thus, since an infallible God is ultimately the author of the written Word, then it holds true that no Scripture is subject to the whimsical interpretation of fallible man. While there are an infinite number of applications for each generation, there is only one proper interpretation of God’s Word.

God the Perfector

The World does not have to mold our view of God and the Bible.  God is actively working to renew the mind of obedient men and women so that our understanding of Scripture is not subject to natural limitations of worldly birth and limited experience. The mind of Man is made free to see the wisdom of God by the illuminating power of His Spirit such that right understanding of Scripture is not a matter of one’s own intellect, education, or understanding, but rather a result of Men being moved by the the Spirit who speaks the Word today. God is the perfector of the Word in Man so that we may walk in the perfection of Jesus Christ and live a life holy and blameless before our King.

God the Sovereign

God’s written Word must always be approached with a attitude of humility, a desire to be sanctified into the image of the Living Word (Jesus), and a unswerving reliance upon God’s Spirit to guide and inspire Truth. Consequently, we as the creature must strive for obedience in what has been revealed by the will of God our creator and not impose our own desires or wistful dreams. The Bible was written by different authors over many centuries, but there is complete unity in every conceivable aspect of Scripture. God is the sovereign author of each word in Scripture and thus no human writer or book can be considered independent. Each book is a testimony, one to the other, of the Truth of God’s plan of salvation for his chosen people. We worship the One true God who inspired only one unified and effective Word.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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