The Sufficiency of Scripture   Leave a comment

1 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

One of the most basic tenets of the Christian Faith is that Christians are “a people of the book” The Holy Scriptures, being n their very essence the Word of God (Sola Scriptura) to humanity without exception, and without addition. The Westminister Confession put it this way.

Westminister confession of faith Chapter1 Par. 5

We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem] the Holy Scripture; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God; yet, notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.

We are moved to state in no uncertain terms that the Holy Scriptures is infallibe and inerrant and is the Word of God and is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” Complete so that humankind does not need to bring in extra biblical philosophies or speculations to aid man in his fallen condition. Indeed Scripture solemm\nly add this admnition.
REV 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

No previous theological training in the liberal school of thought the sentiment was that this warning was but only refering to the Book of Revelation but since the Bible is a Revelation of God His nature, and His purposes, this can truthfully said to be an inclusive word. If the scriptures are taken as for what the are,the wholly inerrant infallible Word of God than all parts are relevant for the good of everyman and for rebuking, exhorting and training in right living to paraphrase the text.
The West minister confession of faith adds the same sentiment. (Chapter 1)

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: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.

This has to be the basis of any arguments going forward. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it may be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly. Scripture itself is sufficient for all our life needs in manner we are to conduct ourselves. To trust in the Bible as God’s revelation is to trust in nothing less than God Himself. Since God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin; nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established..
The prayer of every christian should come from this desire to know the counsel of God and therefore pray . PS 119:34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Obedience is the key then to coming to a true biblical spirituality, not to be double minded but resolute concerning this the anchor of our christian hope given throug the written word. Indeed God has not left us orphans to guess at what His will is, but has truelly and unmistalenly spoken to us by His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, so no further addtions need to amend what is written.

HEB 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
True I understand that there are two sides to the coin, the Orthodoxy and the OrthoPraxis. The right believing has to be joined to doing what is right.
JAS 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
I have heard it said that the lower reaches of hell are for those who would stand upon the right believeng and yet not forsake their sin even for a season. But that is a topic for another time. The Westminister Confession of Faith in Chapter 1 verse 7 concludes this discours for now.

Those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

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Posted September 8, 2009 by Reformed and renewed in Theology

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