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  • Anthonycburrell

    @Brent-Karding I’m understanding salvation by faith in Jesus Christ in light of other Scriptures that amplify the plan of salvation. For example the goal and result of God’s saving work through Jesus Christ is the praise of the glory of God’s grace, all things being brought under the headship of Christ, and God having a people that stand holy and blameless before Him in love (Ephesians 1). I believe that the term “main point” comprehends but does not exhaust. Therefore, I believe that it is fair to say that the main point of Scripture is salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

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  • Anthonycburrell

    Paul implies a systematic theology in 2 Timothy 3:15-17.

    2 Timothy 3:15–17 (NKJV)
    15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
    16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
    17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    The “Holy Scriptures… are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” This is the main point of Scripture. This is the central teaching that acts as the organizing principle for the rest of the system.

    "All Scripture… is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"

    This is the breakdown of the central point.

    • The main point: Salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.

    • Doctrine: Formative teachings that give definition to the themes related to the main point (Jesus, Salvation, Faith, also implied themes such as God, the Holy Spirit, Humanity, Sin, the Church, etc.). The term “doctrine” can be understood as teaching in general that unfolds into “reproof… correction… instruction in righteousness.”

    • Reproof: ἐλεγμόν, Convincing evidence. This points to the apologetic function of the Scriptures. To defended the “doctrine,” or worldview of Scripture against hostile systems of belief and thought.

    • Correction: The ability of the Scriptures to establish Orthodoxy. The Scriptures set a straight line by which all false teaching can be tested and corrected.

    • Instruction in righteousness: Systematic theology naturally segues into pastoral theology. Godly character and conduct is the result and goal of Scripture. The Scriptures give practical instruction to this end.

    "So that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped…"

    The Scriptures have a maturing, equipping effect on the man of God, then through Him on those he leads (cf. Ephesian 4:11-16). This implied systematic theology forms the basis of the preaching ministry of the man of God (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

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