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Mar 9th, By David Anders Category: Blog Posts Did Jesus provide for the continuing transmission of the Christian faith?
What a simple and foundational question! And yet, oddly, it is one that Protestant apologists rarely ask. In the history of Protestant apologetics, great emphasis is placed on how we recognize the inspiration of Scripture Church authority vs. In the words of Zacharius Ursinus d.
The syllogism runs as follows: This syllogism is found again and again, in various forms, throughout the history of Reformed dogmatics. Luther and Calvin both suggest it. Can it demonstrate that sola scriptura is an article of faith, revealed by God?
The Catholic position has always been that Christ did give explicit instructions concerning the transmission of the Christian faith. What follows below is a brief survey of some of the Biblical and historical evidence for this claim.
The Final Authority Established by Christ: During his earthly ministry, He was the Final Authority. His authority superseded the Old Testament, human reason, Jewish Tradition, and the power of the state. But after His ascension, He did not leave us without direction. Before He ascended, He made provisions for a continuing doctrinal authority.
Jesus commissioned his apostles to teach with authority: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.
Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. Christ did give us a rule of faith before His ascension. He gave us the teaching of the apostles. It is important to note that Christ never mentions the writings of the apostles.
He gave them no command to write, and never restricted their authority to the written word. His authority attached to their persons and their teaching. The Apostles Appointed Successors to Teach with Authority Protestants usually admit that the apostles taught with authority.
They deny that the apostles transmitted this authority to their successors. However, Scripture and history refute them. They also show that leaders were 1 stewards of the Gospel, 2 given authority to teach and refute false doctrine, 3 ordered to entrust this charge to others.
The earliest sources outside the New Testament attest the belief that the apostles appointed successors who continued to teach with authority.
The First Epistle of Clement, c. Ignatius to the Ephesians, between A.
It is manifest, therefore, that we should look upon the bishop even as we would upon the Lord Himself. The Gnostics taught esoteric doctrines, and claimed to be the inheritors of secret wisdom passed down from the apostles. They also appealed to the Scriptures. The Church Father Tertullian ca.Masters by Research Student Declaration Master by Research Declaration “I, [student name], declare that the Master by Research thesis entitled [title of thesis] is no more than 60, words in length including quotes and exclusive of tables, figures, thesis template Author.
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