Packer, Wesley, and the coronation rites of the king of England on the preciousness of the Bible

What is called for now [in modern day theologizing] is the humility that bows before the Scriptures and accepts them as instruction from God. They are God preaching, God talking, God telling, God instructing, God setting before us the right way to think and speak about him. The Scriptures are God showing us himself: God communicating to us who he is and what he has done so that in the response of faith we may truly know him and live our lives in fellowship with him. Interpreting Scripture is often said to be a problem, but those who read the Bible as God’s teaching, given in the form and through the means of human teaching, will find its message constantly coming through clearly–often more clearly than is comfortable. Then the question is not whether we understand but whether we are going to believe and obey.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, put it this way: “I am a creature of a day…hovering over the great gulf; till…I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing, the way to heaven. …God himself has…written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give the book of God! I have it. Here is knowledge enough for me….I sit down alone: only God is here. In his presence I…read his book…to find the way to heaven….I lift up my heart to the Father of Lights: ‘Lord…let me know they will.'” Do you identify with that? Do you go along with John Wesley in his attitude to his Bible as a supreme gift of God’s grace? This Word is what the world must must have if it is ever to know God. Thank God for it, then, and value and prize it.

At the coronation of the sovereign of England, the moderator of the Church of Scotland presents him or her with a Bible and speaks of it as–I quote the words exactly–“the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom,” he continues; “this is the royal Law; these are the lively oracles of God.” That is utterly true, and so we may say that Christ and the Scriptures belong together as twin gifts of the grace of God. Authentic theology begins here, in recognition of this truth and in glad submission to the teaching of Scripture, from which we learn of our Savior and the path of eternal life.

J.I. Packer, Knowing Christianity, 22-23

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