2 Timothy 3:16–17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
GCF is continuing a new service this summer on Saturday nights. We are basing what we do there on some core principles. One such principle is “the Bible is treated as the highest priority of authority, second to none,” and it comes from these verses in 2 Timothy. This means that man’s thoughts, even based on biblical principles, will be highly secondary and not emphasized in our time together.
To some this might sound foolish. Why not seek as much information and wisdom as we can from all possible sources? After all there have been many great minds over the centuries and many compelling philosophies that have been constructed, and many of these by followers of our Lord. Why limit ourselves? Also, can the Bible even be trusted? After all, the writings in it are at least 1900+ years old, have been passed down and translated many times, and are from a culture very different than our own. Maybe we should spend our time with modern thinkers speaking directly to modern issues.
The answer to these questions is simple: only one group of writings are “God-breathed”. The “scripture” that is referred to has been breathed out by the God of the universe Himself, and while I don’t have enough space in this blog post to cover all of the details of the reliability of the documents we have, I can simply say that the Bible, as we have it today, is by far the most accurately copied and transmitted set of documents in all of human history.
We have the very words of the God of all wisdom stamped out on sheets of paper! Why would we spend time with anything else? “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all” (John 3:31). “If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know” (1 Cor. 8:2). Human ideas are short-sided and fleeting, God’s thoughts are truths beyond time. Is it even a competition?
One might say, "The Bible is great, but the Bible + ____________ is better." But in fact, it is not, regardless of what you put in that blank. The instruction, addressing of sin and error and training that the Bible brings is fully sufficient to make us completely prepared and proficient followers of Christ. It is really that useful! To add to the sufficiency of scripture is like going on a cruise but wearing arm floaties around the whole time because you think it will help keep the ship afloat. God's word is enough.
May we be those who are committed to spending our lives responding to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. If you are interested in a place full of people like that, see you Saturday nights this summer.