Excerpt 2 from “On Doctrine De Scriptura Sacra (1950): Letters Addressed to Lutheran Pastors, No. 14” by Sasse

No one can, however, contest the fact that the matter which the Age of Orthodoxy exegesis found expressed in 2 Tm. 3:16, the doctrine that the Holy Scripture arose through the working of the Holy Ghost and is filled with the Holy Spirit, is the viewpoint of the New Testament. Thus Jesus Christ, the apostles, and the church of the apostles understood the Scripture, the Bible, that is, what we call the Old Testament. In the Torah, in the Prophets, in the Psalms it is the Holy Ghost who is speaking. The unity of the Holy Scripture consists in this, that the Holy Ghost speaks in the various writings which make up the Scripture. Therein it is different from all other writings. The problem exists also for us people of the New Testament in view of the HOly Scripture, namely, where the boundaries of the canon are. A person can have various opinions concerning which writings belong to the Bible (cf. quotations such as 1 Cor 2:9f.; Jude 14f.). But of every word that is in the Scripture, and not only of this or that one, Jesus and the apostles would be able to say what Heb 3:7 says in introducing the quotation of Ps 95:7-11: “as the Holy Ghost saith.”

Scripture and the Church: Selected Essays of Hermann Sasse
edited by Jeffrey J. Kloha and Ronald R. Feuerhahn
p. 63


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