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By Good and Necessary Consequence

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This series provides introductory volumes on statements in the Reformed confessions that tend to trouble modern readers. Each book examines confessional issues in four ways:

- exploring such things as variants, textual development, and the development of language within the documents themselves as well as within the context in which these documents were written.
Paperback, 85 pages
Published May 28th 2012 by Reformation Heritage Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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William Hill
One reviewer below commented that the supporting material was weak. I could not disagree more. I found McGraw's supporting data well referenced and well used. As I read I often take note of the footnotes and the sources in this small book are outstanding.
Paul Wichert
This is an excellent little book (85 small pages) that discusses the interpretive concept in WCF 1.6 that, "The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture." This is of course a very misunderstood hermeneutical concept and McGraw discusses the foundations, implications, and applications of it. In short, he shows that Jesus and ...more
Douglas Wilson
Just wonderful.
This book was written by one of my seminary classmates. Ryan McGraw was one of the brightest students in my class, and it is therefore no surprise that he’s published a couple of books already, while I’m still learning the basics in the ministry!

This book is a quick read, only 74 pages, with very little print on each page. McGraw likes really long footnotes in which he tells you to read other books and how cool they are. He is a well-read theologian, and his writing is easy to read. In fact, I f
Adam T Calvert
This was a short read on the phrase in the Westminster Confession of faith: "The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture..." (italics mine, 2.6).

The teaching this book is debating against is that view that a doctrine has to be established by chapter and verse and not logical inference (although as McGraw shows, things like
Argin Gerigorian
A good starter book on interpretation, and why the Westminster Confession speaks about necessary deductions that must be made from the text of Scripture.

Exegesis by itself is not a reformed method of hermeneutics. The textual, historical and systemtic-theological vantage points must be taken into consideration together. "Exposition is the foundation for theology, but exposition is also helped and informed by theology" (pg. 26)

Here are some examples where we find the use of the good and necessar
Nathan Foy
Great book on important issue - how should Christians put guardrails on their biblical interpretation? I've referenced this one again and again.
Clear and accessible, this is a thorough summary of a critical principle of biblical interpretation. Excellent.
Kyle LaPorte
This is an important book on interpreting and reading Scripture. It's short but dense with good info.
Main premise - excellent. Some supporting material - weak.
An excellent book.
Timothy Carr
Good & helpful.
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Ryan M. McGraw is the pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA ( He ministered previously to Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Conway, SC. Pastor McGraw is a graduate Cal State Fullerton (B.A.) and of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (MDiv and ThM). He obtained his PhD in historical theology from the University of the Free State (Jonathan Edwar ...more
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