The Word of God: The Sufficiency of Scripture

Posted: September 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

Dr. Grudem writes “The sufficiency of Scripture means that Scripture contained all the words of God he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that it now contains all the words of God we need for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him perfectly.”

Professor Grudem certainly has Biblical support for his definition. For example, in 2 Tim. 3:15-17, we find Paul addressing his student Timothy writing, “15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”(ESV).

Now Dr. Grudem is not saying that God does not continue to speak today through the Holy Spirit but simply that “man cannot add on his own initiative any words to those God has already spoken. Furthermore, it implies that in fact God has not spoken to mankind any more words which he requires us to believe or obey other than those which we have in the Bible.”

There are a number of practical applications that logically flow from the sufficiency of Scripture but the most important is that we must all dig deeply into our Bibles if we are to grow and boldly serve our King.

Tomorrow we begin the Doctrine of God, which is also what I will be preaching on this weekend.

Grace and peace.


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