Pre-Reformation Belief In Eternal Security: The Word Of Faith We Preach Is Near (Romans 10:8) -- By: John H. Niemelä
Journal: Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
Volume: JOTGES 28:54 (Spring 2015)
Article: Pre-Reformation Belief In Eternal Security: The Word Of Faith We Preach Is Near (Romans 10:8)
Author: John H. Niemelä
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Pre-Reformation Belief In Eternal Security:
The Word Of Faith We Preach Is Near (Romans 10:8)
Professor of New Testament
Rocky Mountain Seminary
A godly man advised me in
Church historians focus on post-apostolic documents and NT specialists emphasize the NT. New Testament textual critics consider documents of both eras (the first-century NT in its context and extant copies—dating from the post-apostolic era).
My contention is that church historians and NT textual critics can benefit each other in analyzing the theology of the post-apostolic church. How so? Traditionally, investigations into the theology of this era have focused on documents authored after the first century. However, textual
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criticism emphasizes post-apostolic copying of works authored in the apostolic era. These include continuous-text manuscripts, lectionaries, and versions (translations to other languages).2
The following citation by David Anderson exemplifies asking about the theology of the post-apostolic church from a church-history standpoint. Most would view the following as an accurate assessment of the documents of that period.
An inter-disciplinary approach reaches a different conclusion. The written record of teaching believer-security in the post-apostolic era must not exclude the NT. Even during the twenty-first century, do we not say, “The Bible teaches…?” When thinking back to the period between the close of the NT and today, we would still say, “In Rom 10:8 Paul teaches (present tense)…” Consider the words of Zane Hodges, as he translates and expounds that verse:...
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