20 Quotes from Taking God at His Word

Here are twenty quotes from Kevin DeYoung’s book, Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me.


“The Bible makes no mistakes, can be understood, cannot be overturned, and is the most important word in your life, the most relevant thing you can read each day.” (16)

“Psalm 119 is the explosion of praise made possible by an orthodox and evangelical doctrine of Scripture.” (16)

“We believe the word of God can be trusted in every way to speak what is true, command what is right, and provide us with what is good.” (18)

“There is no calamity like the silence of God.” (21)

“Every true Christian should feel deep in his bones an utter dependence on God’s self-revelation in the Scriptures.” (21)

“Our desire, delight, and dependence on the words of Scripture do not grow inversely to our desire, delight, and dependence on Jesus Christ. The two must always rise together.” (21)

“The most effective means for bolstering our confidence in the Bible is to spend time in the Bible.” (24)

“The goal of revelation is not information only, but affection, worship, and obedience.” (36)

“The dual authorship of Scripture [human and divine] does not necessitate imperfection any more than the two natures of Christ mean our Savior must have sinned.” (37)

“We do not need to add to [Scripture] to meet today’s challenges or subtract from it to mesh with today’s ideals.” (45)

“If authority is the liberal problem, clarity the postmodern problem, and necessity the problem for the atheists and agnostics, then sufficiency is the attribute most quickly doubted by rank-and-file churchgoing Christians.” (45)

“To affirm the sufficiency of Scripture is not to suggest that the Bible tells us everything we want to know about everything, but it does tell us everything we need to know about what matters most.” (54)

“God communicates to reveal, not to obscure.” (63)

“At the heart of the postmodern skepticism about knowing God is an inferior conception of what God is like. The question is not whether we are haughty enough to think we have peered into the recesses of eternity and understand God omnisciently. The question is whether God is the sort of God who is willing to communicate with His creatures and able to do so effectively.” (68)

“To trust completely in the Bible is to trust in the character and assurances of God more than we trust in our own ability to reason and explain.” (82)

“All truth may be God’s truth, but all saving truth is revealed truth.” (88)

“If the Bible is everything we’ve seen, then why wouldn’t we read it, study it, memorize it, and teach it to others? Why would we build our churches on the shallow soil of pragmatic philosophy? Why would we counsel with the leftovers of wordly wisdom? Why would we look first to the beauty of mountains or to the echo chamber of the self in our moments of deepest pain and crisis? Why would we infuse our worship services with so little Scripture? Why would we sing songs bereft of biblical substance? Why would we prostrate the word of God to even the smartest-sounding words of men?” (93)

“It is impossible to revere the Scriptures more deeply or affirm them more completely than Jesus did.” (110)

“We must not seek to know the Word who is divine apart from the divine words of the Bible, and we ought not read the words of the Bible without an eye to the Word incarnate.” (119)

“In a world that prizes the new, the progressive, the evolved, we need to be reminded that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And since He remains the same, so does His truth.” (122)

2 thoughts on “20 Quotes from Taking God at His Word

  1. So glad ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ has lost popularity. These sayings are merely religious, and religion has the purpose and result of keeping God and man separate. “He who is joined to the Lord is ONE SPIRIT”. Doctrine or teaching that does not lead to deeper subjective EXPERIENCE of the “Christ in you” is vain, dead-letter knowledge which kills. KISS, Galatians: “No man can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit”. The Christians who Saul pursued (because they were a threat to Satan) were NOT the ones silently thinking about Christ, they were the ones fanning into flame their mingled sSpirits to receive more Christ as life by audibly calling on the name of the Lord. When you call His name, He responds as the Spirit into your spirit. If you are merely in your mind thinking lofty thoughts, nothing happens in the way of spiritual growth.


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