Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Sufficiency of Scripture (part 3)

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Tim. 3:16)

The Bible is a book that 'teaches.' It is here we learn of the persons and 'perfections' of God. Everything we need to learn about life, all the answers to our problems can be found in the pages of God's Word. The Bible is full of teachings. Since we are sinners, we all have a tendency to 'taint' the Scriptures with our own ideas. We must be careful to make sure that we believe only what the Bible teaches. Since the Bible is full of doctrine we must make it a point to learn them, after all what good is teaching when there is no learning. The Bible is such a spiritual book that a mere enumeration of facts does not mean that one 'knows' Bible doctrines. The key to understanding Bible doctrine is obedience and not just mere observations, and data gathering. The Lord declared in John 7:17a "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine..." A secondary blessing is that the Bible offers everyone meaningful and practical ways to live. If we took the time, to seriously read the Bible and find out what God says about something, and determine to obey it, only then would we begin to 'know.'
(The picture above is a page from the Coverdale Bible)

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