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An Essential & Foundational Doctrine

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Because the Scripture is the one essential document of the Christian faith, it seems reasonable to find out what the Scripture says about itself.

2Timothy 3.15-17And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Scripture is not lost. Scripture is not only for those with seminary training in the original languages. According to the Bible, Scripture is God's written words preserved through history in copies and translations that a common person and hold, read, study, preach, teach, and even ignore (like so many people do with regard to what the Scripture says about “Scripture”). 

It is a lie and a wicked deception to say that only scholars and those with advanced seminary education in the original languages can understand what Scripture really says and means.

Scripture is the inspired words of God (contained in the 66 books of the Bible: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament) preserved by God in copies and translations that people can hold in their hands, read for themselves, study, preach, teach, and even ignore if they so choose. The Scripture in the English language is the Bible commonly referred to as the King James Bible, or the Authorized Version (the KJV is the final authority for all matters of doctrine and practice for those who speak English).

Here is a summary of this lesson. Please download the teaching notes above for the complete study. 

What is the Word of God?

  • The Word of God is the Discourse of God
  • The Word of God Has Different Forms

What is Scripture?

  • Scripture is the Inspired Word of God
  • Scripture is the Preserved Word of God
  • Scripture is the God's Inspired Word Preserved in Copies and Translations

What is Scripture Like?

  • Scripture (the Bible) is Inerrant
  • Scripture (the Bible) is Clear
  • Scripture (the Bible) is Necessary
  • Scripture (the Bible) is Sufficient
  • Scripture (the Bible) is the Final Authority
2Peter 1.3-4According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

All things that have to do with life (salvation) and godliness (sanctification; God-likeness: growing in Christ) have already been given to the saints through the knowledge God that He has given to them. The knowledge of God (the information that God has communicated to man) is found today in Scripture. Scripture is sufficient for everything God desires to do in and through people today—it is sufficient for their salvation and their sanctification.

There is absolutely no need today for further revelation, nor is there any need for dreams, visions, or any other type of mystical revelation from God. According to the Bible, Scripture is sufficient in our age and there is no need for further extra-biblical revelation. 

The need today is obedience: 

  • Christians need to obey the Bible for their sanctification and for the salvation of the lost (they need to obey the command to go and preach the Gospel to every creature). 
  • Lost people need to obey the Gospel—the call to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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