Basic Theology: Sufficiency of Scriptures Part 05

 Sufficiency of Scriptures Part 05

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What is lacking in the modern-day Christians?
    ➢ Reading the Word,
    ➢ Obeying the Word,
    ➢ Living it out,
    ➢ Teaching the Word, and
    ➢ Proclaiming the Word.

The reason for this is that they don’t understand the truth about the sufficiency of the Scriptures.

Psalms 19 and 119
God’s World – Verses 1-6
God’s Word – Verses 7-11
God’s Way – Verses 12-14

Let us look at God’s Word from Verses 7 to 11.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

Verses 7-9
Six parameters for the Word of God

Six times in these three verses we read “of the Lord.”

    1. The law of the Lord,
    2. The testimony of the Lord,
    3. The statutes of the Lord,
    4. The commandment of the Lord,
    5. The fear of the Lord, and
    6. The judgments of the Lord.

We can see clearly that the source of these words is from the Lord God only! Six times the covenant name of God, Yahweh, is used to identify the source of the sufficient Word.

This Psalm is nothing but God’s own testimony to the sufficiency of Scripture for all spiritual needs.

1. The Law of the Lord
2. The testimony of the Lord
3. The Statute of the Lord
4. The commandment of the Lord

5. Fear of the Lord
V9, The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;

Word of God called here as “fear” as a synonym for Holy Scripture.

Why does David do that?
The Word of God meant to convey fear or the awesomeness of God!

When we come to know the amazing and marvellous things about God it brings a reverential awe/ fear, to draw us to worship.

The Scripture intends to produce fear or awe or respect or worship to God. So, it is said to be the fear of the Lord.

The habit of the human soul is to worship, the Scripture then instructs us who we are to worship and how we are to worship. We have done detailed study on the worship.

Fear of the Lord, “is clean.”
The Greek word is ‘taher’ word means
    ✓ the absence of impurity,
    ✓ the absence of filthiness,
    ✓ the absence of defilement,
    ✓ the absence of imperfection.
    ✓ unblemished with sin,
    ✓ without evil,
    ✓ without corruption, and
    ✓ without error.

This is so contrast to the evil imaginations of men.
The Word of God is so clean that this does not even contain one small taint or inch or evil in it.

Psalm 12:6, The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.

The Word is so pure, hallowed, holy, and separate from sin.

Now for a moment just contrast this with the words of men!
    ✓ You can’t always trust the word of man.
    ✓ You can always trust the Word of God.

It endures forever!

You can follow it always.
It’s trustworthy all the time.
It is the living Word and the eternal Word.

1 Peter 1:23, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

Psalms 119:89, Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

Isaiah 40:8, The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Many people claim that the Word of God is outdated, and it needs to be updated like our phone or computer software.
But the Word of God is pure,
    ✓ without flaw,
    ✓ without error, and
    ✓ without sin.

Therefore, it does not need any updates.
It is perfect.
Do we have to believe the lie which is been spread these days?
Do we need to believe that it needs to be reinforced by people who are more sophisticated than the Holy Spirit who wrote it?

Can you not believe that it cannot purify a heart and a soul and a life?
Do you need to believe that people must go someplace to learn a formula to get rid of their sin? or to have inner healing? or to have a soul-cleansing by some practitioner?

All these are happening since people believe that the Word of God is not sufficient to deliver people from their sin.

The Word is adequate and sufficient as a clean Word, to clean the heart, to purge the heart.

Psalms 119:2-3, 2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! 3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.

Psalms 119:9-11, How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. 10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

Psalms 119:38, Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You.

Psalms 119:67, Before I was afflicted, I went astray, But now I keep Your word.

Psalms 119:101, I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.

Psalms 119:172, My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.
    ➢ The Word is sufficient for cleansing.
    ➢ It’s sufficient for purifying life.
    ➢ It is eternally relevant.
    ➢ It is all that is necessary for the cleansing of the soul.

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