Doctrine and Purpose

Purpose

The purpose of Grogg Bible Commentary is to accurately share the Word of God “as it is for what it is“, not compromising The Word, God has revealed to us.

Grogg Bible Commentary beleives only in the Word of God and believes that it is the “standard of living” for all mankind.  Christ is The Way, The Truth, The Life and The Living Water for all who choose salvation in Christ Jesus, who came and died on the cross; taking the punishment for our sins so that we can have the forgiveness of sins and Eternal Life in Heaven–not being condemned to Hell for eternity.

It is through Bible study that one can know Christ in a more intimate way, learn His ways, and learn how to live His ways.  The process in which we believe is a good method to study the Bible is through expository teaching and or learning.  Systematically going through each book of the Bible, learning the time period, what was going on, ect., helps us see God more clearly and helps us to understand why the writers wrote.  This creates a more intimate relationship with our Savior.

(2Peter 1:3; John 3:16; John 7:16-17, 37-39; John 14:6)

I will state in short the basis for GroggBible’s commentaries.  I will show this through several articles of affirmations for the Word of God.

  1. We believe that the Scriptures are the very words of God and to be recieved in no other way.
  2. We beleive that the Scriptures are the authority over the church and not the church the authority over the Scriptures.  No creed, council or declaration is to be over the authority of God’s Word–the Holy Scriptures.
  3. We believe that all of Scripture was given by divine inspiration.  This includes all parts, Old and New Testaments down to the words of the original.
  4. We believe that the Sciptures contain no errors as given by God Himself to mankind which are contained in the autographs.
  5. We believe that the inspiration of the Sciptures are maintained in the available manuscipts and we can accurately ascertain the providence of God with great accuracy.  We do deny that since the autographs can no longer be made available that the Christian faith is affected in any way, because by God’s divine guidance He providentially guided those who sought to reproduce the autographs as to keep it from error.
  6. We believe that the author’s intended meaning can be discerned by means of hermeneutics.  We accept this as to allow the Scripture to be be authoritative to us in any age or era.  While good hermeneutics are necesary we acknowledge that only those who have the mind of Christ can discern the best from Scriptures.  Having the mind of Christ means that one posesses the Holy Spirit, the guide and counselor.

 

 

Doctrine

I. Scriptures

A. The Bible is the ultimate test of all truth.

B. “Sola Scriptura”, as defined by Martin Luther: What is asserted without the Scriptures or proven revelation may be held as an opinion, but need not be believed.

C. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17). This is understood to mean that the whole Bible is written by men of God who were moved by the Holy Spirit. Though their personalities show, God used this to convey every Word written in the: historical, polemical, doctrinal and prophetical Words as written in the Original Manuscripts (Mark 13:11; John 7:16; Rom 15:4; 1Cor 2:12-14; * 2Peter 1:20-21 *)

D. Grogg Bible Commentary seeks to discover the author’s intended meaning as determined by the Author and not injecting a meaning on the Biblical text. There are many applications but on one true meaning. This requires the use of a few rules for interpretation: Definition, word usage, the context, historical background, the rule of genre (such as first five books are law or Pentateuch, next five are historical, ect), and the rule for dependence upon the Holy Spirit.

II. The Godhead

A. There is only one true God and that is the God of the Bible as stated in His Word given to us through the prophets and apostles (Isa. 43:10-11; 2Peter 1:20-21).

B. God is stated to show Himself in three ways–The Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; 2Cor. 13:14). They are one and not separate. They exist as distinct, coexistent Persons.  Jesus (the Son) said that if you have seen Him you have seen the Father, and if He goes He will send the Holy Spirit to help us (John 14: 7-11; John 14: 16-26, 20; John 10:30).  As stated, there  is one living and true God, existing in three Persons (Deut. 6:4; Is. 45:5-7; Matt. 28:19; 2Cor 13:14).

God the Father

1. The first person of the Trinity (John 4:23; Matt. 3:17)

2. Creator of all things, excepting sin (The Son—Jesus—is the creative Agent through whom all created things came: John 1:1-3) (1Cor 8:6; Eph. 3:9; Rev. 4:9-11)

3. Ruler over all things (Luke 10:21; Eph 4:6)

4. Spiritual Father to only believers—the saved (Rom. 8:14; 2Cor. 6:18) but Father to all men as creator (Eph. 4:6)

5. Decreed all things that come to pass (Eph 1:11) and those whom he would have as His own (Eph. 1:4-6) Note: the relationship starts only when salvation has taken place and not by adoption (John 3:3-6)

6. Neither the author or approver of sin (Hab. 1:13) and judges each person according to their deeds impartially (1Pet. 1:17)

7. Saves all from sin those who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26; Heb. 12:5-9; Rom. 3:21-2

 

God the Son

1. The second person of the Trinity and consubstantial to the Father (this means identical in substance/essence or of one being)  (Heb. 1:3; John 14:9)

2. It is through Jesus Christ that all things continue in existence and operation  and through whom God the Father created “the heavens and the earth and all that is in them” (John 1:3; Heb. 1:2; Col. 1:15-17)

3. The title Son of God expresses His eternal Divine relationship to and equality with God the Father (John 5:18-26; Heb. 1:5)

4. He is the “First Begotten” meaning above all creation (Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:6) and the “Only Begotten Son” (John 1:14, 18; John 3:16, 18; 1John 4:9) which speaks of His Deity

5. In becoming man, Christ accepted the characteristics of humanity, but did not surrender the Divine essence either in degree or kind, and thus became the God-man possessing the human nature forever (Phil. 2:5-8; 1Tim. 2:5; Rev. 1:8) and in Him is humanity and Deity in one human form that is indivisible (Col. 2:9)

6. In Jesus’ incarnation (taking on a human nature and being embodied in flesh: John 1:14), He was virgin born—referring to the supernatural conception and not of the human agent (Matt. 1:23,25; Is. 7:14; Luke 1:26-35), and the purpose was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (John 1:29; Eph. 1:19-22; 1Peter 1:18-19; Heb. 7:25-26)

7. Our deliverance from sin (redemption) was achieved through the shedding of His blood (Heb. 9:12, 22-28; Eph. 1:7) and death on the cross (Phil 2:8).  His death is voluntary (John 10:15), took the place of sinners (vicarious: Rom. 5:8 the word “for” means “on the behalf of” also referring to the substitutionary sacrifice), propitious (appeased God’s wrath) (1John 2:2, 4:10), and provisional (in a sense that it secured a value that could be applied to others’ account when one exercises salvational faith in the Savior: Acts 10:43) (2Cor 5:18-20)

8. Upon the act of salvational faith In Jesus Christ, one is judicially forgiven of all their lifetime sins and cancelled from going to hell (John 3:16; Col. 2:13) Note: This does not mean one doesn’t need to deal with daily, known sin in their lives. , declared righteous (Rom. 3:20-25, 8:30), given eternal life (John 3:36), and becomes a member of God’s family (adopted) (Eph. 1:5; Rom. 8:15-17)