What is the sufficiency of Scripture?

I’m convinced that there’s no doctrine as important to the Christian daily life as that of the sufficiency of Scripture. Scripture is sufficient for all matters of life. What a relief.

As some would say, life is hard. In the midst of the hardships of life I can’t begin to imagine how my life would be if the Bible wasn’t sufficient.

So where to from here?

Should I move in to Soweto? Should I drive or cycle? What should I study? Where should I work? Beef or chicken? Which soccer team to support? How should I fix my car?

When it comes to answering all of these questions and more, it sometimes seem dubious and blurry to infer that Scripture is sufficient. I hope to particularly address these kinds of questions in part 2 and 3 of this article. One thing to know, for now, is that on a general and principal level, the Bible addresses all of the questions we might have. Shocking, right?

The Bible reveals the Word of God to us and is sufficient in addressing the details of our complex lives. The Bible is like a treasure box, we just have to learn to daily open and harvest God’s wisdom revealed in it.

 

What does the sufficiency of Scripture mean?

On a specific level, the sufficiency of Scripture basically means that the Bible contains all that God intends us to know, and specifically, what is necessary for salvation, our knowledge of him, and on how we should live our daily lives. It means the Bible has everything that God wants us to know at this particular point in history, and what we need to live for his glory today (2 Peter 1:3).

If the Bible is God’s Word, then us searching for answers in the Bible is us searching to hear answers from God himself tweet

Sadly most of us don’t live in light of this truth. When it comes to us making decisions, for example, the first thing we do is not ask the question, “What does the Bible say about this?”

Sometimes we make excuses and say that the Bible doesn’t necessarily address our particular situation. If the Bible is God’s Word, then us searching for answers in the Bible is us searching to hear answers from God himself (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God has spoken, therefore we should seek to hear from him. We shouldn’t only rely on the concordance at the back of our Bibles in times of need. We should seek to discipline ourselves in prayerfully searching the Scriptures each day.

Lesetja Lekoloane

Lesetja Lekoloane is a BSc graduate from the University of Pretoria. He’s the founder and board chair of Eternal Passion, a Christ-centred Christian organisation which aims to spread a passion for Jesus Christ in Africa. He’s also the author of "Racism – A biblical viewpoint" (2016).