8-19-2016

Scriptural Truth – Sufficient Are The Scriptures

 

There are those today who promote the idea that the Holy Scriptures are not enough for man today. Some of these people state that one cannot live right without a direct influence of the Holy Spirit acting individually upon each person apart from the word. They use the words or actions “in addition to the word of God,” but even these words or actions show they believe the Bible is not enough. Some also claim that the Scriptures are not to be taken as authoritative. These people claim that we cannot know what God wants from us because we cannot understand what they call “God-speech.” These doctrines are completely opposed to biblical teaching. Some say that the only way we can understand God is if the Holy Spirit directly speaks to us and/or influences us directly (apart from the word of God). The apostle Paul denies this. He had his message directly from the Holy Spirit, but told those in Ephesus that when they read what he wrote, they would have the same understanding that he did (Ephesians 3:3-5). When God created Adam and Eve, they were able to speak because God had created language for them. When the people at the Tower of Babel were scattered and languages confused God gave them new languages. Why are there individuals and religious beliefs today who hold to the idea that God can’t communicate with language from the bible? Why must there be that divine occurrence (ex. speaking in tongues, having hands laid on you by a preacher/congregation or having a calling from God himself through the Holy Spirit apart from the scripture)? Do these things make anyone more saved than those many years ago who did not receive such? The Scriptures are not insufficient in any way! It is only in the Scriptures that you find the gospel. It is only with the gospel that you can be saved (Romans 1:16). The Scriptures show how to be saved (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38) and how to live your life after becoming a Christian (I John 1:7-9, Revelation 2:10). The Scriptures are all-sufficient for every need of man ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17), so for those who claim the need for additional divine help the question is WHY? Is the bible not “God Breathed” in other word His own words of communication to us? Why do we need anything more? Until next week this is ScripturalTruth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook.

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