Implication of Inspiration: Clarity

Psalm 19:7-9 says Scripture revives the soul, makes us wise, rejoices the heart, and enlightens our eyes. 2 Timothy 2:15 states that Scripture is able to make us wise in the ways of salvation.

What does this mean? God intends His Word to be clear to His people, and from reading it we gain clarity about God’s truth.

The Westminster Confession 1.7 says it like this, ‘All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due sense of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.’

This paragraph explains what is meant by the clarity of Scripture. Not everything in the Bible is clear, there are questions and in it there things hard to understand. But, those things which are necessary for the salvation of man and the Christian life, are so clearly taught that anyone willing to look into the Bible can understand them. This idea of the clarity of Scripture was a hallmark of the Reformation because prior to the Reformation the Roman Catholic church taught and believed the Bible is so complex the average priest can barely understand and interpret it; and if the average priest can barely grasp the Bible’s teachings how can the common man ever have a hope of understanding it? Because of this belief the Roman Catholic church never translated the Bible into common languages, and only kept it in Latin so only the priests would be able to read it.

Well, with the Reformation came the endeavor to translate the Bible into the common man’s language so the common man could understand it and apply it. Just as this was a hallmark of the Reformation, it must be a hallmark of the Church today.

We must always be translating and applying the Scriptures to our lives if we’re to know God and understand His will.

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