Can God reveal himself to humans apart from Scripture? Or is the Bible necessary? If the Bible is necessary, why? What precisely is it about Holy Scripture that makes it indispensable for a saving and covenantal revelation from God? These questions are explored in the four-part lecture series below in which I attempt to expound the doctrine of the necessity of Scripture, using the Baptist Confession (2LCF) as a guide for isolating and analyzing the key biblical data.
The Doctrine of Scripture in the 2LCF:
In this lecture, Dr. Bob Gonzales highlights the historical context of chapter one of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith on Scripture and underscores its foundational importance for the Confession as a whole.
Its Necessity, Part 1
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales begins to lay a foundation for the necessity of Scripture by developing the doctrine of general revelation and highlighting its insufficiency to impart saving and covenantal knowledge of God.
Its Necessity, Part 2
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales expounds the doctrine of special revelation, looking at the various modes and giving special attention to the final covenantal form or mode of special revelation, namely, the Holy Scripture.
Its Necessity, Part 3
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales attempts to demonstrate the necessity of Scripture on the basis of the cessation of special revelation. Since the various forms or modes of special revelation have culminated in Scripture and since special revelation has come to its historical consummation in Christ, the Scriptures are “most necessary” to give us saving and covenantal knowledge of God.