Tag Archive | authority and sufficiency of God’s word

II Samuel 22:31 ” As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”

Is God’s word sufficient?  Do you believe it is inspired and without error?  I just completed 30 hours of classroom instruction in Biblical Counseling where the central objective was, Yes it is!  The Bible attests to its sufficiency in that it contains everything we need for salvation, trust, and obedience in God.  Within God’s word we can find flawless truth to build our lives upon (John 17:17) and guidance to help us navigate throughout that journey. (Psalm 119:105)  But for those who think the Bible doesn’t pertain to modern times and situations…sin started in the Garden of Eden and continues to today.  You can go ahead and hang all kinds of new names on it, but sin is sin…it’s rebellion against God.

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 ” You may say to yourself, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”

Even now it’s sometimes very difficult to discern whether a Word from the Lord we hear is accurate.  At face value it may sound good…especially the warm, fuzzy ones that predict peace, prosperity, and a new Cadillac in every garage.  But to separate truth from falsehood we have to weigh these words in context with all prior revelations from the Lord.  Is it consistent with God’s word?  And when put up against the truth already received from the Lord, does it measure up to its standard?  When we filter all we hear through these notions first, we’ll be less likely to accept the words of someone who’s overstepping their boundaries and taking smug and arrogant liberties with God’s word.

Revelation 22:18-19 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

Humans and religion have always gotten into trouble when they attempted to overlay the Word of God with ritual and tradition.  So the message in the Scriptures above are quite simple…don’t even think of adding to or subtracting from what it says in the Bible.   We are reminded of the authority and sufficiency of the word of God in II Timothy 3:16 that reads,  “All of Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  The Bible contains everything we need for salvation, trust, hope, and love….its words more than adequate to meet every need and accomplish God’s divine purpose in our life.