The Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture


The Reformation 500 Conference Committee for the AUTHORITY and SUFFICIENCY of SCRIPTURE offers these recommendations for study and discussion:

“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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16

Authoritative implies that the Bible carries with it the authority of God. Scripture possess authority because it is the Word of God and God Himself has bestowed authority to His revealed Word. Thus we can see that Scripture comes from God Himself and as such it demands that we obey it.

The Sufficiency of Scripture is the adequate biblical revelation of God to His people at every stage of redemptive history. Right now, believers have the complete revelation which is sufficient for salvation, trust, obedience and righteousness (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 119:1).

In order to affirm and apply the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, we must understand and affirm the following:

We affirm the following: “We are persuaded that to deny the inerrancy of Scripture is to set aside the witness of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit and to refuse that submission to the claims of God’s own Word which marks true Christian faith” (COR The Authority of Scripture)


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