Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Sufficiency of Scripture (part 6)


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

So far we have seen that the Bible is both inspired by God and profitable (i.e. useful or helpful). We can and should use the Bible in doctrine (teaching), reproving (convicting), and correction (setting right). The usefulness of the Scripture does not just end after a series of the items we just described, but it goes on further to teach us that we are to use the Bible in the area of 'instruction.' The idea of the word 'instruction' is that of discipline. Or in other words, we need to use the Bible to 'disciple people.' It is not enough to show them their sin, get them to repent, and tell them what they 'need to know.' We must use the Bible and countinually show them how they can be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. In the process of making disciples, we are becoming true disciples. The Bible provides us with everything we need to deal with people, both saved and unsaved.

2 comments:

Kent Brandenburg said...

Bill,

This is a great discipline for improving writing. I appreciate the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture.

Bill H. said...

That is part of the reason I blog. I need to improve my English and Composition skills to say the least. Thanks for commenting!

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