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What is the doctrine of sufficiency? 

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The doctrine of the sufficiency of scripture teaches that the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life that is pleasing to God. The apostle Paul declared that the holy Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All 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” (2 Timothy 3:15–17).

The reason for the sufficiency of scripture is that it is God inspired: “…holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). The Bible has manifested its re-creative, transforming power in the lives of countless people. It was written to show us how we may be saved from our sins. There are many so-called sacred “writings” in the world today, but only the Bible safely shows the way to our redemption. Only the Bible tells of how we may find pardon from God, break the bonds of sinful habits, and have eternal life.

The Lord admonishes us through Paul to guard ourselves against extra-biblical revelation, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Paul underlies the authority of the word of God as greater than his own by saying: “If we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:8).

Only those who sincerely choose to be known as God’s children will seriously allow the Scriptures to perform their fourfold function as set forth in 2 Timothy 3:16.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team