Sola fide regula simply means “sole rule of faith.” The Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura simply means, “Scripture alone.” The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is our sole rule of faith and practice. This doctrine does not mean that all truth is contained in Scripture, nor does the doctrine mean that the sole means of spiritual formation is the Bible. Rather, the Bible constitutes the rule of faith and all truth necessary to encourage and stimulate the believer’s faith. While the believer needs all that Scripture commends and commands beyond itself. That is, the believer needs community, the presence of the Spirit, and the range of experiences that are vital for the production of Christian maturity.
“Let us summarize the role of the Spirit as depicted in John 14–16. He guides into truth, calling to remembrance the words of Jesus, not speaking on his own, but speaking what he hears, bringing about conviction, witnessing to Christ. Thus his ministry is definitely involved with divine truth. But just what is meant by that? It seems to be not so much a new ministry, or the addition of new truth not previously made known, but rather an action of the Holy Spirit in relationship to truth already revealed. Therefore the Holy Spirit’s ministry involves elucidating the truth, bringing belief and persuasion and conviction, but not new revelation.”
― Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology
Jesus used this same analogy when He stated to Nicodemus, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8, ESV). Remember, Adam was made a living being when God breathed life into his nostrils. Mankind lost the presence of God in the garden through spiritual death. John Levison notes, “The opening scene of the human drama, though set amidst a garden of delight, echoes against the implacable cliffs of the valley of the shadow of death.”12 The result was our loss of the “vitality of divine inbreathing.”13 The same divine “face” intimately pressed against ours, breathing into our nostrils, now turns away from us and is hidden, taking away the Spirit (Gen. 3:8). The loss of the Spirit’s life—separation from the Father—resulted in our expulsion from paradise and being plunged into a state of death. The first thing that was restored at Pentecost was the Spirit’s life to the spiritually dead. The bones are reanimated—the people of God are reconstituted as the “breath,” or wind, of God once again blows through the community of faith. Bringing life. Bringing power."
The Spirit is God’s transforming presence in our midst. He was sent in order to continue the work of Jesus through the messianic community—the church. This is precisely why Luke opened the Book of Acts by writing, “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach” (Acts 1:1, emphasis added). The statement “all that Jesus began to do and teach” implies that the Book of Acts was a continuation of Jesus’s own mission—through the Spirit-empowered church. The Spirit is another One, sent to minister and to continue Jesus’s ministry, a ministry of miracles and a ministry of spiritual formation. A ministry of mind-boggling exploits and the ministry of quiet, intimate transformation of heart.
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
"When the solemn and blessed subject of Divine foreordination is expounded, when God’s eternal choice of certain ones to be conformed to the image of His Son is set forth, the Enemy sends along some man to argue that election is based upon the foreknowledge of God, and this “foreknowledge” is interpreted to mean that God foresaw certain ones would be more pliable than others, that they would respond more readily to the strivings of the Spirit, and that because God knew they would believe, He, accordingly, predestinated them unto salvation.
"The existence of God is neither precluded nor rendered improbable by the existence of evil. Of course, suffering and misfortune may nonetheless constitute a problem for the theist; but the problem is not that his beliefs are logically or probabilistically incompatible. The theist may find a religious problem in evil; in the presence of his own suffering or that of someone near to him he may find it difficult to maintain what he takes to be the proper attitude towards God. Faced with great personal suffering or misfortune, he may be tempted to rebel against God, to shake his fist in God's face, or even to give up belief in God altogether. But this is a problem of a different dimension. Such a problem calls, not for philosophical enlightenment, but for pastoral care. The Free Will Defense, however, shows that the existence of God is compatible, both logically and probabilistically, with the existence of evil; thus it solves the main philosophical problem of evil."
"But this analogy with the members of the Trinity is very important for another reason, it warns us against thinking that union with Christ will ever swallow up our individual personalities. Even though the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have perfect and eternal unity, yet they remain distinct persons. In the same way, even though someday we shall attain perfect unity with other believers and with Christ, yet we shall forever remain distinct persons as well, with our own individual gifts, abilities, interests, responsibilities, circles of personal relationships , preferences and desires"
— Wayne A. Grudem (Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine)
"The best evidence for God is God himself" - My Mom.
Theology is a biblical discipline, and biblical theology naturally flows from an engagement with God's Word. We begin here with the doctrine of God, examining approaches to the definition of God and the priority of God's revelation in nature and his special revelation in the Scriptures. We learn that theology relates to many issues and forms the grounds for a worldview--either in the denial or affirmation of God's existence.