THE DOCTRINE OF THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE

Happy Theology Thursday, ladies! I’m super excited about today’s topic. It’s sort of a continuation from the past weeks, and will help lay a good foundation for everything we cover in the Thursdays to come. I want to help you become familiar with the fancy titles that help categorize theological concepts, so I’ll give you the full title of this concept and then try to break it down for ya.


THE DOCTRINE OF THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE

What does it mean when we say that Scripture is sufficient? 

This fundamental concept of the Christian faith simply means that the Word of God has everything that a believer needs to live a life of faith. The Canon (those 66 books that make up the Old and New Testament) is complete. This is how God has chosen to reveal Himself and His will to us. We don’t need to seek additional communication from God, apart from what is already written. We don’t need new, extra books or writings to let us understand or apply His Word. Hebrews 1:1-2 tells us that, “long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son”. Through study of the Bible, we can be completely ready to live our life of faith. The Scriptures are our only rule for faith and practice and they “are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15–17). Did you catch that last part? The Scriptures THOROUGHLY- completely – equip us believers for EVERY good work. That’s pretty impressive. The Scriptures are what we should base our ideas about God on. They’re the building blocks of our worldview. They tell us what is good and what is bad and what our priorities and roles should be. They tell us how to worship, seek, live for, and please God. The Scriptures are how the Lord speaks to us. They are the very words of our God.

And the Word warns against basing our ideas on anything outside of itself when it tells us to “see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” in Colossians 2:8. So let’s be like the noble Bereans, who searched the Scriptures to see if what they heard was, in fact, true (see Acts 17)! 

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