God-breathed. Profitable. These two words Paul conveys in 2 Timothy 3:16 to describe the word of God. That the Text is God-breathed attests to its authority, and that it is profitable attests to its sufficiency. The authority of Scripture has no limit for the believer – in its pages God demands complete submission of His children. Likewise the sufficiency of Scripture reaches to the farthest corners of the believer’s position and practice.
Paul describes the purpose of Scripture’s inspiration: “that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:17). God’s word is sufficient for the equipping of His people for the works He has planned for them (Eph 2:10). The divine prescriptions explain the believer’s course of action, oftentimes revealing the rationale for the action, and always pointing to the enablement needed and provided. In short, the true knowledge of Him provides everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3).
As such, we can rely on Scripture in every area of life. We will find no topic out of bounds, and no subject so controversial as to be avoided or lacking illumination in the pages of the Bible.Biblical Sufficiency Appliedis an effort on the part of its several contributors to consider certain areas of contemporary controversy in the light of Scripture. We hope and pray that God uses this work both to challenge and encourage the reader to seek the answers in Scripture, and to be confident in the Biblical record as sufficient for every aspect of the believer’s life.
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