The Bible Is All Sufficient

I.          INTRODUCTION:

A.  SCRIPTURE READING:

2 Timothy 3:16-17  =  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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

B.        DEFINITIONS:

1.        Bible:

a.         The World Book Encyclopedia    -  “The collection of sacred writings of the Christian religion comprising the Old and New Testaments.”

b.         Webster  -  “The book made up of writings accepted by Christians as inspired by God and of divine authority;  the Scriptures, including the old and New Testaments.”

c.         Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary  -   “The sacred Book, or collection of books, accepted by the Christian church as uniquely inspired by God, and thus authoritative, providing guidelines for belief and behavior.”

d.         The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary  -  “The name commonly used to designate the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament.  These sixty-six books constitute a divne library that is nevertheless, in a vital sense, one book.”

2.        All-sufficient:

a.         Combination of two words:

(1)      All  -Webster -  “The whole number, quantity, or amount of anything.  The complete sum total of that which is spoken of.”

(2)      Sufficient  - Webster  -  “That which is adequate, or enough to supply a specific need.”

b.         The meaning therefore, is –  “That the Bible contains all of God’s Will which is necessary for man in this life and his making preparation for entrance into God’s heavenly home.”

C.       THIS ALL-SUFFICIENT WILL OF GOD WAS GIVEN TO MAN BY GOD’S ONLY SON – JESUS CHRIST.

John 1:1-14  =  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 14:1-6  =  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Hebrews 1:1-3  -  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Hebrews 12:2  =  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Matthew 28:18  =  And Jesus came and spake unto them [His eleven disciples, Matthew 28:16, JHB], saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

D.       TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR TEXT WITH ME  -  II Timothy 3:16-17:

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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

II.       DISCUSSION:

A.  THE ORIGIN OF THE BIBLE:

1.        The Bible is of divine origin:

John 1:1  =  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
John 1:14 = "
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

a.         The true Bible is “inspired of God”. [II Timothy 3:16]

b.         Inspired is from the Greek word  =  Theopneustos, pronounced (theh-op'-nyoo-stos); meaning divinely breathed in; or God breathed.

(1)      The Bible contains the thoughts [will] of God and no man knows the thoughts or the Will of God  unless they are divinely revealed.

1 Corinthians 2:11 =  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

(2)      All that is called Scripture, or the Bible, is not “God breathed”  and is the true Bible, for it is “man breathed”.

2.        The Bible was written by holy men as they were “moved by the Holy Spirit”   [II Peter 1:21].

2 Peter 1:18-21  = “And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

3.        The Bible is a gradual unfolding of God’s Plan and Will toward man.

Hebrews 1:1-2  =  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

B.        THE FUNCTION, OR PURPOSE, OF THE BIBLE:

1.        It is “ Profitable”.

a.         It is from the Greek word - Ophelimos,  Pronounced (o-fel'-ee-mos);  meaning helpful or serviceable, i.e. advantageous:

b.         But just  how profitable is the Bible – just how advantageous and serviceable is this inspired Bible? 

2.        “For Teaching”

a.         It is from the Greek word  Didaskalia, pronounced (did-as-kal-ee'-ah); Meaning  instruction, the giving of information involved in the learning process of teaching.

b.         The source of doctrinal instruction concerning the fundamentals of both physical and spiritual life.

Hebrews 5:12  =  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Matthew 28:19-20  =  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2 Timothy 2:2  =  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

1 Peter 4:11  =  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

3.        “For Reproof”

a.         It is from the Greek word Elegmos, prnounced (el-eng-mos'); found only in 2 Timothy 3:16: conviction (of a sinner), punishment, refutation of error, reproof.  It has to do with the  convicting, convincing of another of his fault to admonish him by rebuke or reproving.

b.         God’s inspired Word gives us all that is needed in the confrontation of error.

(1)      Peter had to be confronted by Paul due to an error.

Galatians 2:12-14  =  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

(2)      This is the standard for us to walk in the light of Christ and have fellowship one with another.

1 John 1:7  =  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Note:  The question is constantly being asked today, “Where is the standard to determine with whom we are to have fellowship?”  That standard is the inspired Word of God which will let us know if we are of the same mind, judgement and not divided.

John 12:48-50  =  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

1 Corinthians 1:10  =  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

4.        “For Correction”

a.         It is from the Greek word - epanorthosis,  pronounced (ep-an-or'-tho-sis); Meaning  to straightening up again, or make correction.

(1)      It was the corrective teaching of Peter concerning  a miss understanding of Simon the Sorcerer about the laying on of hands that led to his repentance [See Acts 8:12-24].

(2)      It was the teaching of Philip to the Eunuch that led him to be baptized [Acts 8:26-40].

b.         We make many mistakes and need to be corrected.

c.         When we fall it is the Word of God that sets us upright again.

5.        “For instruction”

a.         It is from the Greek word  -  paideia, pronounced (pahee-di'-ah); Meaning tutored, that is one being educated or trained; by disciplinary correction as chastening, chastisement, or instruction.  Often used in connection with children = “to train up a child, instruct, learn or teach.”

b.         The word has always been used in conjunction with discipline, but here it is directly connected to discipline “that is in righteousness.”

c.         When we receive   the discipline according to God’s Word, abide in it and let is mold our character and we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Son of God.

(1)      We are in the clay in the hands of the potter.

(2)      Under the skillful hands of the Son of God we will be as He wants us to be and grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

Isaiah 64:8  =  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Romans 9:21  =  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Romans 6:17  =  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you

2 Timothy 1:13  =  Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 1:5-11  =  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

C.       THE END TO WHICH THIS ALL-SUFFICIENCY LEADS:

1.        That the man of God may be perfect” [KJV};  or “That the man of God may be complete” [ASV]. 
[ II Timothy 3:17]

a.         The word perfect is from the Greek word  -  Artios, pronounced (ar'-tee-os); Meaning:  fresh, that is (by implication) complete or perfect.

b.         The application of verse II Timothy 3:16 is for the “man of God” to in a state of readiness when the Lord comes.

(1)      When one obeys the inspired Word of God, he becomes a Christian born of the water and Spirit  risen from the baptismal birth to “walk in newness of life” [John 3:5;  Romans 6:4].

(2)      When one continues to obey the inspired Word of God he will live “faithfully unto death  [Revelation 2:10].

(3)      When one continues to obey the inspired Word of God he will bow submissively to Biblical reproof when shown he is in error [Acts 8:12-24]

(4)      When one corrected by the  inspired Word of God he will repent of his error and seek forgiveness  [Luke 13:3].

(5)      When  one daily walks with the Lord, living in obedience to His Word then he will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and be acceptable to Jesus to enter into the heavenly home [ II Peter 1:5-11;
I John 2:17].

(6)      When one is in complete harmony with the Word of God he stands in prefect readiness for entering into the presence of the Father through Christ [John 14:6].

2.        Throughly furnished unto all good works” [KJV];  or “Completely furnished unto every good work” [ASV]
[II Timothy 3:17]

a.         The word translated “throughly furnished”  or “completely furnished” is from the Greek Word  -  Exartizo, pronounced (ex-ar-tid'-zo);   Meaning:  to finish out, or  to equip fully as a teacher fully equipped to perform her task.   It is used in reference to one being fully prepared (accomplished, or furnished to carry out assigned tasks.

b.         The man of God that is so completely, or throughly furnished, by the inspired Word of God to be ready “unto every good work”.

Philippians 1:6  =  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Colossians 1:10  =  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

2 Timothy 2:21  =  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Titus 3:1  =  Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

Hebrews 13:21  =  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

III.    CONCLUSION:

A.  CONSIDER THESE VERY CAREFULLY:

1.        Since the Bible is God-inspired, man should give it reverence and profound respect.

2.        Since it is a perfect and complete guide for faith and works, man should accept it as their only doctrine and reject all others.

a.         If doctrines of men contain more than the Bible – they contain to much.

b.         If doctrines of men contain less than the Bible – they contain too little.

3.        Since the Bible leads one to a complete and perfect life, man should follow it cheerfully and hopefully.

B.        WILL YOU ACCEPT THE BIBLE AS THE ONLY GOD GIVEN ALL-SUFFICIENT RULE OF  FAITH AND PRACTICE?

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