Jul 7, 2012
The Sufficiency of Human Language
“Theologically we must assess human language as a gift of the speaking God. The idea is that it is inadequate to convey truth about God and his purposes is one of the non sequiturs of both liberalism and neo-orthodoxy. While we recognize that there is mystery in God and his ways, and that the human mind and spirit cannot plum the depths of God’s being, it simply does not follow that human language is not able to express such truths as God means to reveal to us. Such a negative assertion is itself a use of human language to say something meaningful that is supposed to be meaningful about God. If God chooses to reveal himself and his plan of salvation, and if he chooses to regenerate the minds of his people to receive such revelation, there is no need for us to claim exhaustive knowledge in order to understand it, for we know that the truth we have is from the one who alone has exhaustive knowledge.”
Graeme Goldsworthy, Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2012), 49-50.