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February 28, 2014

TISCIONE: All that’s necessary

By REV. LOU TISCIONE

An often-heard question asked by Christians is, “What do I need to live as a Christian?”

The search begins before looking at the obvious answer. God has provided all that His people need to live in Christ. God calls, regenerates, converts, adopts, sanctifies and promises to bring His people to glory. Romans 8:28-30 clearly reveals God’s sovereign actions in making a people for Himself.

If this is true and it is, then the Christian ought to expect that God has provided everything necessary for living. Jesus said that God, the Father, knows our needs and He will provide everything we need for this life. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Yet, many Christians are ill-informed concerning the means that God has given for everyday life in Christ. The answer to the question, “What do I need to live as a Christian?” is the doctrine of the sufficiency of the Scriptures.  

The Bible is God’s word to Man. The Apostle Paul said all Scripture is God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16) The Apostle Peter equated Paul’s writing with the whole of Scripture. (2 Peter 3:16) God warned His people in Deuteronomy and Revelation not to add to or subtract from His word. The Psalmist declared that all of God’s words are true.

Creation testifies to the existence of God. And the Bible gives saving knowledge of God in Jesus Christ.

The Bible is more than an ancient book. In fact, it is a collection of 66 books. Each one was written by a human author under the inspiration of God, the Holy Spirit.

Four words have been used by the Christian church to describe the Bible: inerrant, infallible, perspicuous and sufficient. Each word points to the nature and essence of its ultimate author, God.

The Bible is inerrant because God is truth and He has revealed the truth. The church has understood that the Bible is without error in the original autographs. The autographs were the actual writings of the human authors in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

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