That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished unto all good works.
Jamieson, Faucett and Brown (JFB) give an excellent commentary.
JFB well notes that the Holy Scriptures come from God.
Christ used them this way.
At my other pages, I urge we be extremely careful which Bible we use.
doctrine forces us to struggle to rightly put the Bible together.
This is very important -- like putting
a jigsaw puzzle together.
Doctrine becomes a tool to teach others, and to spot wrongful
But, I see many folks who wrongly let doctrine rule over Scripture.
of theological doctrine is in it's coordinating function, (how well it helps us put the Bible together) BUT the VALIDITY
of doctrine, is in its strict subordination to, and accord with, Scripture."
completely logical, but his logic is higher than ours.
If we work hard to figure the Bible out,
our logic ability will increase, and our ability to understand and teach the Bible will also.
where our own logic is insufficient, we must still stand with what the Bible SAYS, even if this means we cannot put it all
Sadly, I find many folks trying to force Scripture, using very wrongful renderings,
in order to force it to fit their doctrinal systems.
If parts of Scripture simply won't fit
our system, so be it, we should stop there for the time being.
We must deem Scripture, being from
God, to be right and our system to be somewhat wrong.
It's great exercise to refine our doctrinal
system so it does match Bible.
Many systems have been "set in concrete," long ago.
then, the Holy Spirit, and the unfolding of history, archaeological and TRUE scientific discoveries, indicate we should
modify our systems.
But, they are wrongly, "set in concrete."
IS revealed in Nature, since he made it - Romans 1 makes this clear -- AND in Scripture, since he made it, too.
The TWO must fit together.
Psalm 19 is a great example of this.
Following Jesus' warning we must never effectively replace God's words
with human traditional interpretations.
But this is often done, almost automatically. See my Standard Heresies.