Taking God at His Word–A Review

Product Details

Kevin DeYoung, Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me (Crossway, 2014).

Summary

Kevin DeYoung’s goal with the book is to get the reader to fully embrace and love the truth in the Word of God. He states, “I want to convince you . . . that the Bible makes no mistakes, can be understood, cannot be overturned, and is the most important word in your life, the most relevant things you can read each day.”

Taking God at His Word  is not an defense of why we believe the Bible or how to understand the Bible. It is not a technical academic book. “This is a book unpacking what the Bible says about the Bible. . . . a doctrine of Scripture derived from Scripture itself.”

He sees Psalm 119 as a love song affirming what we can believe, feel, and do with the word of God. The word is true, demands what is right and provides what is good.    We should feel delight in the word (Psalm 119:14, 24, 47, 70, 77, 143, 174), have a love  for it ((119:48, 97, 119, 127, 140, 167), feel a desire to keep it (119:5, 10, 17, 20, 40, 131), and to know and understand it (119:18, 19, 27, 29, 33, 35, 64-66, 74, 124-125, 135, and 169), and depend on it as Jesus did (Deut 8:3; Matthew 4:4).

The certain truth of Scripture is emphasized in the second chapter based on 2 Peter 1:16-21 which identifies two kinds of evidence: eyewitness testimony and authoritative documents. The Bible accounts are not myths. Any view that denies miracles stands at odds with Scripture. “The most important claims of Christianity are historical claims, and on the facts of history the Christian religion must stand or fall.”

Peter’s passage teaches three truths about Scripture:

1. Scripture is the word of God. The prophetic word refers to God’s revelation in Scripture. “The authority of God’s word resides in the written text–the words, the sentences, the paragraphs–of Scripture.”

2. The word of God is no less divine because it is given through human instrumentality.” “God used the intellect, skills, and personality of fallible men to write down what was divine and infallible.” “The divine authorship of the Scriptures does not preclude the use of active human instrumentation, but as human participation does not render the Scriptures any less perfect and divine.”

3. “The Bible is without error.” The source of Scripture is divine not human.”The ultimate authorship of Scripture, Peter informs us, is God himself.” “And if it is God’s word than it must all be true, for in him there can be no error or deceit.” “When we reject inerrancy we put ourselves in judgment over God’s word.”  “There is no more authoritative declaration than what we find in the word of God, no firmer ground to stand on, no ‘more final’ argument that can be spoken after Scripture as spoken.” Continue reading