THE BIBLE IS A CONTINUUM
Some Christian writers and leaders propagate that the New Testament supersedes the Old Testament. This assumption is incorrect. The whole counsel of God is contained from Genesis to Revelations. In his second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:16 – NIV), Paul writes:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”
There is nothing to be added and nothing to be removed. That is why we do not agree with mixing the word of God with human philosophy and other teachings.
ONE CENTRAL THEME
We believe that God knows us all intimately because of His divine attributes which include omniscience and omnipresence. He alone could write us a compilation of 66 books using approximately 40 different writers, over 1600 years, on 3 different continents, in 3 different languages, on thousands of different subjects, yet with one central theme— God’s redemption of mankind from sin won for the whole world by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
JESUS IS THE SECOND ADAM
Jesus as the second Adam has come to redeem what the first Adam messed up on behalf of the human race. The second Adam has come to give birth to a new race and the New Testament is the record of its beginnings. The Gospel of John starts very much the same way as Genesis to confirm that God’s focus must be our focus, namely
not on humanity but on the Son of God.
4 MAJOR TEACHINGS
When we make an in-depth study of the Bible as the Word of God, that it contains four major teachings about itself that are classified as
the authority of Scripture
the clarity of Scripture
the necessity of Scripture
the sufficiency of Scripture
SCRIPTURE IS THE WORD OF GOD
From this, we learn that all the words of Scripture are indeed God’s Word. Because God is truth there are no errors in the Bible and therefore we ought to believe and obey everything He teaches us in the context it is given us in the Word. To disbelieve or disobey the Word would be the same as disbelieving and disobeying God. Therefore written Scripture is our final authority.
THE SAME WORD POINTING TO THE GRACE OF GOD
we can conclude that there is God’s point of view and a human point of view. God’s point of view is found in the Bible, our point of view is found in our hearts and minds. If there is a difference of opinion between us and the Bible, we are wrong. We have already seen that Jesus Christ is the Word of God and that the two are in complete agreement. The Word in the Old Testament and the Word in the New Testament is the same Word. It all points to the grace of God through which we are redeemed from sin. Sin is any deviation from the teaching of the Word. It is any thought, emotion or action that falls beneath the standard of Christ as revealed in the Word.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.