Some scholars have argued that chapter 20 is the real ending of John’s Gospel and that chapter 21 is a later addition. But is there any evidence for this claim? On this program, the hosts will make the argument that John’s Gospel has both a prologue and an epilogue, and will also discuss some clues that appear in this final chapter that may point to the identity of the beloved disciple. That’s the focus of this edition of the White Horse Inn.
Chris Gordon: When Peter made his denial, there’s a little phrase there in one of the gospels. It said, “So said all the disciples.” All of them had failed Jesus terribly. And here, the overarching great encouragement of this passage is Jesus simply saying to them, “My purpose has not changed for you. This is my purpose and you will fulfill what I’m sending you out to do.”
Patrick Crandall: He’s not inhibited by our weakness. We are jars of clay that hold the great treasure and the great treasure is not going to be hidden by our weakness and our frailty. If anything, it makes the greatness of the treasure all the more great.
Term to Learn
“Affirmations of Inerrancy”
WE AFFIRM that Scripture, having been given by divine inspiration, is infallible, so that, far from misleading us, it is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses.
WE DENY that it is possible for the Bible to be at the same time infallible and errant in its assertions. Infallibility and inerrancy may be distinguished, but not separated.
WE AFFIRM that Scripture in its entirety is inerrant, being free from all falsehood, fraud, or deceit.
WE AFFIRM the propriety of using inerrancy as a theological term with reference to the complete truthfulness of Scripture.
(Taken from Articles 11-13, Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, 1978 A.D.)