VIDEO: The Whole Canon of Scripture for Our Good

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 9.33.26 AMIn the fourth of a series of videos, Dr. David Watson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary, considers the Church’s historic, interpretative strategies for reading the Bible.

Watson, an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and member of the West Ohio Annual Conference, says, “While the church has been content and even found it necessary to employ a variety of interpretive strategies, and to face difficult passages of Scripture head on, it has never embraced attempts to essentially de-canonize parts of the Bible, or to suggest that parts of the Bible are uniquely inspired, while other parts are not.”

Watson goes on to say, “God can use any passage of Scripture to teach us, and in fact God has given us the whole canon of Scripture for this very reason. The Bible isn’t just my book or your book, it’s the Church’s book.”


  1. The Bible is not monolithic throughout its entirety. There are dispensations that cover eras and people differently. From Adam to Abram is one (unnamed dispensation ) period. Abraham to just after the Resurrection is the first ( or 2nd) dispensation period known as the Age of the Law or Kingdom age. This mainly was for the Jews. Upon the calling of Paul, the Age of Grace for a new dispensation, began until now. This is mainly for the Gentiles. Paul in Romans 15: 4 says; “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, says in Rom. 16: 35 ” Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began, ” Paul”s gospel is I Cor. 15: 1 – 4 which says to believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried and was resurrected according to the scriptures. This is the Gospel of Grace, This secret or mystery, which we call the Body of Christ was not revealed until it was revealed to Paul. The Body of Christ is not mentioned except in the works of Paul. Therefore, there is a different dispensation by God to the Jews and to the Gentiles.

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