Editorial -- By: Ron J. Bigalke, Jr.

Journal: Journal of Dispensational Theology
Volume: JODT 17:51 (Summer 2013)
Article: Editorial
Author: Ron J. Bigalke, Jr.


Ron J. Bigalke

Many a time, someone has attempted to assemble something and muttered the words, “I suppose that I need to read the directions?!” Many a time, projects are all but completed and look good, and then someone remarks, “What’s the purpose of this little piece?” Of course, the entire projects then needs to be disassembled to insert that little piece. The manufacturer certainly knew that the instructions were necessary for the project, and thus will often include a warning to read the directions prior to attempting things one’s own way.

Why is it that most people do not read the directions, the legal document papers, the owner’s manual, or most anything explanatory? The primary purpose of those types of things is to familiarize one with the manufacturers intended use of their product and how to fix it should anything ever go wrong. Good sense certainly assumes that one will desire to achieve the most from the manufacturers intended purpose and use of their creation. However, in reality, human nature is such that we are typically content only with learning or reading enough to satisfy the immediate need that has presented itself to us. Consequently, many things that are accomplished may be limited in the capacity to achieve things of enduring value.

If we are to realize the abundant life that has been given to those who have a relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, by the One who has created us, certainly it would be wise to learn all that is possible to know regarding the Creator. Moreover, such an abundant life as the Creator intended would be realized by “rightly dividing” God’s life-giving Word so the eternal truths would fill our hearts and minds so that we could be prepared to live the life that the Creator-Redeemer intended.

Of course, the reason why the Christian seeks to learn all that is possible regarding the holy Word of God is that it is both inspired and inerrant. Readers of the Journal of Dispensational Theology can be thankful for Professor Mills’ article, which addresses Peter’s denials, as his concern was to defend the inerrancy of Scripture. Likewise, the article by Dr. Hughes addresses one of the most evident proofs of God’s inspired Word: the fulfillment of prophetic Scripture (viz. Daniel’s 70th week). Marcia Hornok demonstrates that Scripture alone is sufficient to determine virtue for a godly wife. One could argue that given the perfection of God and the need for unquestioned authority, the inerrancy of Scripture is a logical necessity. The final article by Pastor Santos provides an exegetical and theological study of Romans 8:28–30, which is “a stunning depiction” of the sovereign perfection of God, as evident in his salvific work. Having been edif...

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