So, do the scriptures themselves proclaim the sufficiency of scripture? That scripture alone is sufficient in equipping us for life and our walk with God? In answering this question I would like to draw your attention to Paul’s statements to Timothy found in 2 Tim 3:14-17 ESV.
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
It is clear from this text, that Paul is encouraging Timothy to continue in what he has learned and firmly believed. As a side note, we see that Timothy as a child was raised on the scriptures, by his Grandmother and his mother. I think we see from this, that it is vital that we raise our children in the scriptures. This is an area where at times some of us as parents could have been more diligent. I know I sense a certain falling short in my own life in this area, and with the children I have at home, I will strive to do a better job. The family altars are torn down, may we do a better job as parents of teaching our children Gods word!
Paul was pleased that Timothy had known the scriptures from a child, and encouraged him to continue and persevere in them, drawing his strength for life from them.
Next he points out, that the scriptures have the capability to make us wise for salvation, to give us the faith we need in Jesus Christ. Salvation is the greatest miracle! And if the scriptures have the ability to work in us the greatest of miracles, what else can they work in our lives?
Note that in this passage, divine authorship, and scriptures sufficiency go hand in hand. In assuming the first it automatically brings us to the second. In embracing the divine origin, we must also then, embrace scriptures sufficiency! Scripture was originally breathed out by God! This is why we emphasize it so much. If we want to hear God speak, then we must go firstly and primarily to the scriptures. All the other means through which God speaks, must be secondary in comparison.
Paul declares, that it is through the scriptures, God teaches us, reproves us, corrects us, and trains us in righteousness, [which is ongoing by the way, still under training!]
Paul concludes his statement by pointing out to Timothy, that it is through the scriptures that Timothy will find his sufficiency. Paul firmly states his own belief in the sufficiency of scripture, by saying, “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The KJV version uses the term, “thoroughly furnished,” The NKJV uses the term “fully equipped.” In other words the scriptures themselves will give us all that we need for every good work.
Believing in the sufficiency of scripture will change how we approach God, and how we do ministry, as we will see in my third post on this subject.