Sola Scriptura (“Scripture Alone”) – Part 2

Sola Scriptura (“Scripture Alone”). That is one of Five Solas of the Reformation. If we do not accept this one, it would be very difficult, almost impossible to accept the others. Since, it is in the Scripture that we learn about the other aspects of our doctrines.

The Belgic Confession stated, “We believe that [the] holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God, and that whatsoever man ought to believe unto salvation is sufficiently taught therein…Neither may we consider any writings of men, however holy these men may have been, of equal value with those divine Scriptures nor ought we to consider custom or the great multitude, or antiquity, or succession of times and persons, or councils, decrees or statutes, as of equal value with the truth of God… Therefore, we reject with all our hearts whatsoever does not agree with this infallible rule” (VII).”

In the Bible we have that important text that Paul wrote to Timothy:

“2Tim. 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, [15] and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. [16] All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, [17] so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

As we saw in our last article, it is in the Scriptures that we learn about God. Today, we will see two more things that we learn in the Scriptures. 

2 – To Know about Ourselves – Another thing that we know with the Scriptures and only with the Scriptures is about ourselves. The real human history is described with details for everyone to know.

Our origin – In the Scripture we learn about the creation. How everything started, how we were created, and how perfect everything was. Human beings were created in the image and likeness of God Himself.

Our fall – The next thing we learn about ourselves is how our foreparents messed up, how they broke the law, and let the sin in this world. We also learn that the whole universe suffered from their decision.

Our state – Finally we learn that because of their decision we all, not just a few of us, are under condemnation. We are doomed. We do not learn this in any other place.

3 – To Know about Salvation – But, it is in the Scripture, and only in the Scripture that we learn about our Salvation, and our Redemption.

God’s action – It is in the Scripture that we learn what God did to save us. We learn about His plan before the foundation of the world. We learn about the plan to send His Son to die for us. 

Our response – It is in the Scripture that we learn about what we should do with this knowledge. We learn about the Holy Spirit and His work in us, enabling us to respond to the salvation operated by Christ.

Our New Life – And finally, it is in the Scripture that we learn about our new life in Christ. We learn how we should live, the new changes in our lives, the new reality that we now experience in Christ.

When you need to know about God, yourself, and the salvation, where do you go? Who/what has the final word about the subject? Are you sure?

The big question for us nowadays is: Do we sign with the Reformers on this truth: Sola Scriptura?

I hope and pray we do.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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