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Wat is die Woord van God - Skrif, belydenis, prediking?

G. C. Velthuysen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 41, No 3 | a2146 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v41i3.2146 | © 1985 G. C. Velthuysen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1985 | Published: 07 January 1985

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G. C. Velthuysen,, South Africa

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Abstract

What is the Word of God: Holy Scripture? The preaching of the Gospel? The Confession?
This article argues that while Holy Scripture and preaching may become the Word of God, although never in an unqualified manner, the same can never apply to the Confession. The Confession is the result of theological reflections on the Word and indicative of the parameters v/ithin which the preaching should remain without, however, curtailing the prophetic freedom of the preacher in proclaiming the Word. Its function is that of rule of speech for the preaching. Preaching, on the other hand, becomes a proclamation of the Word in an unsurpassable and existentially qualifying manner. Holy Scripture, a human book in more senses than one, is at the same time the Word of God, in that it qualifies its reader existentially - confronting him with the most fundamental questions on the human state and providing the final answers to these.

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