To say the Bible is sufficient is to say Scripture contains all that is needed for any aspect of human life. This means the Bible is comprehensive, that across-the-board it includes all we need to know for all of life. It is sufficient.
We’ve referred to this verse already but here I’ll quote it in full, 2 Peter 1:3-4 says, ‘His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through our knowledge of Him who has called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.’
Peter means to tell us that all of Scripture is sufficient for all of life. In the Bible we find great and precious promises, and through those promises we learn how to become partakers of God’s divine nature, which will allow us to escape the fallen-ness of the world. Some of you may be thinking, ‘Sure Adam, the Bible tells us a lot about God, but what does it have to say about fixing my transmission? Or potty training my dog?’
Fair question, and here’s my answer. Scripture does indeed contain more information relevant to doctrine than automotive repairs, but the sufficiency of Scripture should remind us that those doctrinal truths, those precious promises as Peter put it, teach us how to live while doing automotive repairs. To quote John Frame, ‘The Bible’s sufficiency isn’t sufficiency pertaining to specific information but sufficiency of the divine words themselves.’
Therefore whatever we do, the Bible will teach us how to do it to God’s glory, in this way – all of Scripture is sufficient for all of life.
We cannot leave this subject without speaking of the last attribute of Scripture because it is an implication of all the other terms we’ve mentioned so far. The Bible is inspired, infallible, inerrant. We can clearly see its authority, necessity, clarity, and sufficiency. After embracing all these things we’ll then see one last thing, its beauty.
By saying the Scripture has beauty is to say that which it reveals to us carries more beauty than any other thing. What does Scripture reveal to us? God. Who He is, what He’s like, and what He requires of us. He is beautiful in His glory, matchless in His wonder, and stunning in His splendor. He is ultimately what the Scriptures reveal to us, and He is beautiful.
How do we respond to such wonderful realities?
We respond the same way the believers did in Thessalonica. Paul states this in 1 Thess. 2:13 saying, ‘And we thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believer.’
May God grant you to have the same heart toward His holy and inspired Word.