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We are completely dependent upon Scripture. This should be most obvious because without it, we are deprived of the revelatory Word from God. Without Scripture we are wanting and lacking counsel from God concerning “all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life.” (Murray, 20) The finality of Scripture demands that those who profess commitment to Christ and the church in its collective capacity “direct all thought, activity, objective by this Word as the revelation to us of God’s mind and will.” (20)
There is no denying the direction our culture is moving. The spokesman of the age has been able to pry the people away slowly from the finality of Scripture using “Has God really said?” as his crowbar. A mentality to deny the supernatural, or make all supernatural claims relative has resulted with the Scriptures as one book among many in the shelves of our homes. The Gospel has moved from a place of primacy to irrelevance. Now our ethical claims are to flow from the always reliable autonomous man and the revelation of our creator is never allowed to be heard. Even in the world of clergyman we have different voices speaking in different directions. This is making the task of discerning the truth all the more challenging. Rob Bell, for example has spoken out that he approves of same-sex marriage. However there are clergy who speak adamantly against it. What is the laymen to think when ministers can’t even agree?
We must maintain the finality of Scripture as all the more important in a day when we are asking questions about: the nature of man, the definition of a baby or marriage, the consequence of sin, or even the mystery of the evil in the world or within us. These are all big questions and to answer them on our own authority is the height of arrogance quickly turned to stupidity. For a simple illustration: there is a reason they call a bomb squad in to defuse bombs and not athletes or politicians. They have the expertise and training. They understand the consequence with what they are dealing with. However, when we engage into questions on ethics (how we use our morals) we try to rationalize it out on our own. How do we (who hold to the finality and sufficiency of Scripture) meet these questions and the opinions of the secular man?
We must take seriously the doctrine we profess. We must hear “It is written” as our Lord has said. We cannot be found lacking in our esteem of Scripture or its authority. We can prize our heritage and tradition as we enter boldly to engage the labors of those that will to rule over us. However, our rule of finality is not the rich traditions we inherit, it is not the works of the fathers from the past, but the Word of the living God that endures forever. We must dive into its depths and bring the treasures up for the world to see in our exposition, proclamation and application. Where is the wisdom of the age?
We also must not refuse messages of enlightenment or truth which can still come from the world outside the Church. But we must be aware of the controlling mindset of the world and its patterns of thinking. We must interpret the world through the lens of Scripture and not Scripture through the lens of the world. This happens when those who do not have an affinity of the Lord desire to cause his sheep to question his voice. To enter back into the garden and ask “has the Lord really said?” causing the flock to doubt the voice of the Master.
We maintain the Scripture as the Word of God. It is a deposit of the revelation of God and it is living and irrefutable. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2Timothy 3:16–17 ESV)