In Proposition 5, George Peters states:
“The doctrine of the kingdom is based on the inspiration of the Word of God.”
This is a short yet important statement to make. After all, Peters has declared the importance of this doctrine and how it is rooted in Scripture. Based on those assertions, it is vital to establish that God’s Word is credible and a worthy source from which to derive a position on the nature, purpose, and application of the doctrine of the kingdom. Since God’s Word is inspired, it is then His Word and thus a doctrine properly exegeted from that inspired Word will indeed be something based on a firm foundation of truth.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 4 is the following:
“The doctrine of the kingdom is based on inspiration, because it is a doctrine which, as delineated, we ourselves, unaided, could never have produced and developed. It embraces (Prop. 2) a Divine purpose or plan, extending from creation into the eternal ages. The things pertaining to the kingdom contain facts, preparatory stages, historical connections, relations to the future, ideas above human capacity, that could not possibly have been known if God had not revealed them. The kingdom is simply that which the Almighty designs to have accomplished as the grand result of the Divine economy. From the nature of it, its dependence upon God, its being the work of God and not of man, its having a theocratic king, we must go to God Himself to learn what it is, and how it shall be manifested. Man can only throw light on it as he gives us the ideas of Him who designed its establishment. The thoughts, purposes, and works of the Creator are not ours, and can only be known and appreciated to the extent in which He has deemed it proper to disclose them. Realizing this, we cannot do otherwise than consider an appeal, if well grounded, to the Scriptures on the subject, or a statement give by the Bible respecting the kingdom, as the essential proof required. Our belief has thus something to rest upon that does not come from fallible man, but from Him who overrules all things. An authoritative argument is, therefore, only founded on the express language of Scripture; and to it, consequently, application will be made, claiming that only in so far as the words of God are produced in substantiation of our doctrine, is assent also to be given. The ground of such a position and claim lies in the fact that “the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 2:11), and that hence man can only know them as that Spirit has divulged them. Believing that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16), that “holy men spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21), our doctrine is exclusively derived from such inspired Scriptures. Through our entire argument this will be our posture, and finally in the concluding propositions, after having passed over the record, there will be submitted to the reader, as one of the strongest proofs of inspiration, the harmony and intimate connection existing in the historical progression relating to, and the doctrinal unity of, the kingdom.”
We have another helpful reminder here that sound doctrine comes from the pages of Scripture. If the doctrine of the kingdom is indeed a valid construct, it will be found in Scripture. Furthermore, if it comes from the inspired Word of God, we then know it is of Him and not something rooted in man’s opinion. While man certainly has an opinion on how the kingdom is played out, any statements made on this doctrine must be derived from Scripture as this is a doctrine found in God’s Word which has been established (and will be in more detail by Peters later in these volumes) as inspired by God.