THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
Throughout this year I would like to examine the Scriptures. Every month I will write a small article that will expound the attributes of Scripture. I pray this will whet your appetite to read and study the Scriptures more.
The Holy Scriptures are the only sufficient, certain, and infallible standard of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.1 The light of nature and the works of creation and providence so clearly demonstrate the goodness, wisdom, and power of God that people are left without excuse; however, these demonstrations are not sufficient to give the knowledge of God and his will that is necessary for salvation.2 Therefore, the Lord was pleased at different times and in various ways to reveal himself and to declare his will to his church.3 To preserve and propagate the truth better and to establish and comfort the church with greater certainty against the corruption of the flesh and the malice of Satan and the world, the Lord put this revelation completely in writing. Therefore, the Holy Scriptures are absolutely necessary, because God’s former ways of revealing his will to his people have now ceased.4
(12 Timothy 3:15–17; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; Ephesians 2:20. 2Romans 1:19–21; Romans 2:14,15; Psalm 19:1–3. 3Hebrews 1:1. 4Proverbs 22:19–21; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19, 20.)
Scripture is sufficient, authoritative and necessary for us. God has revealed His whole counsel to us in such a way that it contains all we need for saving knowledge, faith and obedience to Him. “How from childhood you have been acquainted with the Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
The Bible is without error in all matters, this includes science and history along with spiritual issues. The Scriptures also contain the complete revelation of God’s word to mankind. We should not look to dreams or visions or seek out any kind of “prophetic” words from other people. God has spoken completely, sufficiently, plainly, and authoritatively to us through His word.
Everything we need to know about God, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, the Holy Spirit, the end time, etc., is found in the Bible. The Scriptures do not tell us everything that ever happened but it tells us everything we need. It is sufficient for our lives. Everything for a happy, successful, godly life is found in Scripture. There is nothing else we need to do to be morally perfect before God in addition to what God commands in Scripture.
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6).
“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, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
In Christ, Pastor Daniel