Editorial -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of Dispensational Theology
Volume: JODT 16:47 (Apr 2012)
Article: Editorial
Author: Anonymous


Editorial

The foundational truths with regard to the nature of God, humanity, good and evil, and the meaning and destiny of human life as communicated in Scripture provide a basic worldview for understanding the world in which one lives. Truly, the foundation for any worldview is epistemology. All truth is God’s truth, and it is, therefore, obtained from the inspired and inerrant Word of God. Scripture is foundational for determining truth because it is based in God’s person. The Gospel of John, for instance, is noted for its clear antithesis between light and darkness. The fact that sin exists is indicative of a corresponding standard of truth against which that darkness is contrasted. The immutable nature of God is the ultimate basis for all truth claims. The fact that God has communicated truth to humanity indicates the centrality of the Bible. Although mankind is created in the image of God, and the Fall devastated the direct oneness and intimate fellowship that humanity had with the Creator, the Bible communicates the truth that God used general and special revelation to communicate to mankind. Whereas the general revelation reminds mankind that God exists, special revelation is God’s disclosure of specific truth. Since God has communicated truth to humanity, this indicates that humanity is responsible to live in accordance with revealed truth. For example, John 5:24–29 communicates that choices made in the present will culminate in everlasting destinies. Mankind will either receive the “light” or remain in “darkness.” The fact that there is no intermediate response emphasizes the magnitude of the biblical revelation. Therefore, it is with great joy to begin this issue of the Journal of Dispensational Theology with an article by the president of Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute that demonstrates the relationship between the authenticity of the biblical text to authority. Jerry M. Hullinger examined the phrase, “the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart,” from an historical religious perspective. Hullinger’s conclusion that God proved “himself to be the only God” substantiates the centrality of God’s revelation. Readers will appreciate considering the hardening motif, and how it emphasizes the Lord as “greater than all gods.” As Scripture alone reveals the kind of truth necessary for salvation, Gary E. Gilley wrote with a pastoral concern against the distortion of biblical truth as represented by the New Perspective on Paul. Of course, only a risen Savior can actually save. René A. López argued conclusively that Jesus did truly die upon Calvary’s cross, which is important because His death “is a necessary prelude to rising physically.” The editors of this Journal trust that you will appreciate and be edified by the studies herein that expound Scripture truths, with regard to bibliology...

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