Lifeless Doctrine? (Murray)

I appreciate these words of John Murray in his sermon on 2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (NASB).

“In a perfect world all we would need is truth and right.  For, then there would be no antithesis.  But the Scripture is not for a perfect world, not for a world of ideals, but for the world that is, steeped in the iniquity of error and wrong.  Scripture is corrective because it is redemptive.  Untruth is to be corrected by truth and wrong by right.”

“Doctrine concerns the whole wide range of thought respecting God, the world, man, man’s paramount interests, his destiny.  If doctrine is to us cold, dead, and lifeless, then there are only two alternatives.  Either our doctrine is not of Scripture or we ourselves are cold and lifeless.

We do nothing properly without thought and we think nothing aright except as we think the truth of him who is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God.  Lack of interest in biblical doctrine is lack of interest in God and his will for us.  And this is godlessness.”

John Murray, “Holy Scripture” in The Collected Writings of John Murray, volume 3, page 260.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI, 54015