The Word of God: The Necessity of Scripture

Posted: September 3, 2008 in Uncategorized

Dr. Grudem writes that “the necessity of Scripture means that the Bible is necessary for knowing the Gospel, for maintaining spiritual life and for knowing God’s will, but is not necessary for knowing that God exists or for knowing something about God’s character and moral laws.” 

Is he right?

Consider Romans 10:13-17:

“13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (ESV)

Therefore, “one must either read the gospel message in the Bible for oneself or hear it from another person” who knows the Bible!  Scripture is absolutely necessary for salvation.

Moreover, the Bible makes it clear that it necessary for maintaining spiritual life (Matt. 4:4) and for knowing God’s will (Deut. 29:29, notice the latter part of the verse and ponder how God reveals…is it not by Scripture?)

Therefore, don’t just let your Bibles sit on your bedstand but crack it open daily and dig in deep.  It is a necessity!

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