Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grammar as a Means of Grace

Upon recently reading A. T. Robertson's little classic, The Minister and His Greek New Testament, I was struck by a section in the opening chapter titled "Grammar as a Means of Grace." I was reminded afresh of the vast importance of words and the way they are used, especially the living and active words of Almighty God. Here are just a few of the statements that stood out to me.

...[H]e is no theologian who is not first a grammarian...

The lexicon may point the way to life.

The preacher is of necessity a student of words.

Schisms have arisen around misiniterpretations of single words.

Grammar is a means of grace.

Theological and philospohical crudities have always played an important part in the history of heresy.