A careful look at our subject, “The Word of God in Education,” will provide a clue to the manner in which it ought to be treated. Quite evidently, two things are placed side by side—the Word of God and education—one in relation with the other. The first of the two, “The Word of God,” needs close definition; the second, “education,” must be brought to focus upon the particular kind of education with which we are here concerned, namely, the Bible college or Bible institute. This is a specific type of institution, to be sure, but the principles that will be discussed apply as well to other fields of education.

Consider the first phrase, “The Word of God.” Though a synonym for the Bible, this by no means exhausts the meaning of the phrase. In a Supreme Court opinion, Justice Holmes once wrote this sentence: “A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content, according to the time when, and the circumstances under which, it is used.” Here we have one of the first principles of exegesis of any book, the Bible included.

Viewed then in its scriptural usage as “the skin of a living thought,” we may identify three aspects of “the Word of God” in its relationship to education. They are: first, the written Word of God, the Bible; second, the Word of God manifest in creation; and third, the Word of God incarnate in our Lord Jesus Christ.

THE BIBLE AND AUTHORITY

We begin with the Word of God as Scripture. Among Christians in general and evangelical Christians in particular, the Word of God is synonymous with the Bible. The equation is fully justified because it is made again and again in the Old and New Testaments. Here, as the names “Bible college” and “Bible ...

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