The Sufficiency of Scripture

      Throughout history, the Church has faced challenges and trials brought about by the unsettled nature of the world.  It is plain to all that the world is in real constant change.  In the face of this change how then shall we live?  How are we to know how we should think and act?  The Apostle Peter in his second letter tells us:
 
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire (2 Peter 1:3–4, ESV)
 
     Verse three assures us that if we are a born again in Jesus Christ, God has presented to us everything we need in order to think and act in a manner which is pleasing to God and this was done according to His divine power.  So the first thing we need to consider is this, “Who or what can take away what God has given to us?”  The answer is nothing nor no one.  Paul asserts this in Romans 8:38-39 when he states “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Therefore, what God has granted no one can take away.  So why do we feel like we don’t have this gift?  Why do some of us struggle with what we should think or do as a Christian?  Because we are looking for answers in all the wrong places.
 
     The second half of verse three tells us that access to this gift is through the knowledge of Him, which Him, the one who called us to His own glory and excellence.  The idea of knowledge is not just knowing of something but actual application of information with what is known.  In other words, all things which pertain to life and godliness come by knowing Jesus Christ and actually continuing to learn about Jesus and applying what we learn to what is known.  So if we go back to the previous question, “Why do some of us struggle with what we should think or do as a Christian?”  The answer is we are not looking to the source…the means…the vehicle by which God has chosen to grant us all things that pertain to life and godliness.  We are not studying our Bibles regularly.  How do we get to know Jesus more deeply?  Study the Gospels.  How do we know how to interpret the Old Testament?  Remember the words of Jesus…It’s all about Me.  How should the Church think and act today?  Study the Epistles.  How do we know it’s going to be OK in the end?  Study The Revelation.
 

      As a believer, we don’t need other books to tell us how to interpret Scriptures, Scripture interprets Scripture, and “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 Tim 3:16-17)  The Bible is sufficient to answer ALL that troubles the world today.  If it is not, then 2 Peter 1:4 becomes meaningless.  If the Bible is no longer sufficient to deal with the issues of today then the precious and great promise is null and void.  If the Bible is no longer sufficient then we are no longer partakers of the divine nature in Jesus Christ.  If the Bible is no longer sufficient then we have not escaped the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  If the Bible is no longer sufficient then it is sinful desire which reigns and there is no redemption for any one us and hope is destroyed. “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Cor 2:14-16)

 

Take heart my friends, The Bible is sufficient in all seasons through God’s never failing divine power.  He will see you through to the Day of Christ.  Increase your knowledge of Jesus daily by studying His Word and applying it:
 
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ .
(2 Peter 1:5–11, ESV)