The Sufficiency of Scripture means that the Bible contains all we need for salvation, trusting God perfectly, and obeying Him perfectly. Most Christians agree with that statement. We know that the Bible does not contain all the knowledge in the world, but that it gives us wisdom which applies to every situation. In 2 Tim. 3:16, it says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in righteousness.” That verse includes the Old and New testaments, and says they apply to all creation. The Bible speaks to big questions like “Why am I here?” and “What makes life worth living?”, and also to smaller issues such as “How should I talk to others?” and “What should I wear?” And yet, many of us don’t care enough about what God thinks to go and find out for ourselves.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Prov. 1:7, 9:10). Whenever we have a question, a doubt, or a problem, we must look to Scripture first. The Scriptures don’t answer every question we could ever have, but they do have principles which govern every moral situation. In addition, the Bible has foundational truths which apply to mathematics, language, emotions, science, war, clothing, art, and anything else we can imagine. It teaches us everything we need to know.
But do we really believe this? Or do we simply have an intellectual agreement with the fact? Do we allow Scripture’s true sufficiency to influence every day of our lives? Or do we go instead to self-help books, blog posts, or friends to find answers? Or do we simply find our own reason, emotions, affections, intelligence, experience, and education to be enough for us? If you are hoping that maybe God doesn’t have something to say about the situation you are currently in, Proverbs 3:6 shoots down that idea: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” He doesn’t leave anything for us to navigate blindly.
For example, have you ever wondered how God wants you to converse with other people? Have you searched the rich depths of the Bible to uncover the ‘secrets’ of loving speech? It says a lot more than just “Don’t curse”, “Don’t gossip”, and “Be nice”. God has things He wants us to say to one another to build each other up and encourage one another. Anyone who has studied what God has to say about the tongue realizes that God has definite opinions in the matter. Here are a few examples:
James 1:19- “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…”
Titus 3:2 “…speak evil of no one…”
1 Peter 3:10- “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”
Proverbs 29:5- “He who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.”
Psalm 75:4- “…do not boast…”
1 Thessalonians 5:11– “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
Ephesians 4:15- “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
God loves us so much that He doesn’t leave us like blind men on the road, wondering how to speak to each other. Instead, He gives us distinct direction and guidance. Do you see how deep you can go to understand something which seems as simple as the way we converse with one another? God cares. Do you? I could go on to talk about things like choosing entertainment, choosing friends, or spending time. But I don’t plan to do all your work for you. It is up to you to learn what God has to say about the issues which confront you.
It is not enough to say you believe in the Sufficiency of Scripture. Anyone can say that. You have to admit that what you think, feel, and love is, in fact, not sufficient. Not sufficient to save you. Not sufficient to sanctify you. Not sufficient to teach you all things. Proverbs 3:5 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” You have to admit that God is the only One Who is always right. If He is always right, why would you prefer a blogger, friend, or even theologian to His wisdom? You (and I) have to show that we believe by humbling ourselves and asking God what He thinks about every situation. The King of the universe has offered to teach you everything you need to know. Do you want to listen to Him?
God’s Word has the answers.
Go find them.
David Tucker lives in Nashville with his family of seven. He splits his time between working for a holster company, doing media work for a non-profit, and spending time at home developing friendships and helping his family. His interests include history, theology, and old books.