“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, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV, NKJV)

John MacArthur:

The Power and Sufficiency of God’s Word

“The Scripture’s testimony to its own power is bound up in many passages, familiar ones like Hebrews 4:12, “The Word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Sufficiency of Scripture, Pt. 1

“…when Jesus spoke of the total sanctification of a believer, that is the full holiness of a believer, the full separation from sin, He said this to His Father in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Thy truth.” Now the word “sanctify” means “set apart from sin, holy, separated unto God.” It has the idea of spiritual perfection…spiritual completion, that which we should be in Christ, coming to fulfillment. And He says, “O God, make them pure, make them holy, set them apart from sin unto Yourself and do it by Your truth.” Then He says in the same verse, “Thy Word is truth.”

“We conclude then, very obviously, that the full holiness of the believer is the work of the Word of God, it is the work of the Word of God. It is not the Word of God plus something else, that’s cultic….It’s an age-old kind of thing, striking a blow at the sufficiency of Scripture. But, Jesus said, “Make them perfect and pure by Your truth, Your Word is truth…Your Word is truth.” The full holiness of the believer is the work of the Word of God.”

The Sufficiency of Scripture, Pt. 2

“…Psalm 19…what I believe to be the most concise and direct treatment of the sufficiency of Scripture in all of the Word of God.”

“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true;
they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.”
Psalm 19:7-11

“Now I want you to note, for a moment, the structure of those three verses [7-9]. There are six lines of thought. And each of those six lines has three elements. It has a title for the Word of God, a characteristic of the Word of God and a benefit of the Word of God. The titles are…the Scripture is called the law, testimony, statute, commandment, fear and judgment. All of those are synonyms for the Scripture. Its characteristics are, it is perfect, sure, right, clear, clean and true. Its six benefits are, it converts the soul, it makes wise the simple, it rejoices the heart, it enlightens the eyes, it endures forever and it is all together righteous…that is, it provides full spiritual resources.

“Now, in those three verses, consistent with the infinite intelligence of the infinite mind of God, you have an absolutely surpassing and comprehensive statement on the Scripture reduced to a very few words. The magnitude of this section of Scripture stretches us beyond our ability.

“I want you to notice another element, another six-fold element. Six times in these three verses we read “of the Lord.”…this then represents that which proceeds from God. Six times the covenant name of God, Yahweh, is used to identify the source of the sufficient Word.

“The Word of God can take a naive, inexperienced, undiscerning, uninformed, ignorant person and bring them to such wisdom that they can live out a godly life according to the will of God. This through the Word of God. It is the providing source of all that is necessary for applying God’s will to daily living….”

2 Timothy 3:16: (ESV) English Standard Version.
2 Timothy 3:17: Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by
Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
SwordBritton LaRoche, Public Domain.
John MacArthur, Grace To You: The Power and Sufficiency of God’s Word,
The Sufficiency of Scripture, Pt. 1, The Sufficiency of Scripture, Pt. 2.

Original content: Copyright ©2010 Iwana Carpenter
This post consists entirely of quotes from the Bible and from John MacArthur’s sermons. The choice and arrangement is mine.

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