Sola Scriptura - Only Scripture
Posted by Brad Quiring on October 4, 2017
This is the 500th year of the Reformation, where Bible-believing Christians celebrate Martin Luther launching a movement to not only reform the institutional church, but reform the very hearts and minds of those who believe in Jesus Christ.
Many before and during Luther’s time who set the stage for this movement to which our church has emerged. The main thrust of these “reformers” was to take people’s hearts and minds from the earthly institution with its rules, rituals and traditions and return them to the very foundation of our faith. The foundation has since been described as the “Five Solae”.
The Latin word, “Sola” means “alone” or “only”. When we understand what these five key principles are our faith, personal lives and churches will be forever shaken and changed. Abundant Life is opening a series in the month of October, 2017 that focuses on the five “solae”, the foundations of our faith in Jesus Christ.
Sola Scriptura – Only Scripture
The Bible ALONE is our authority. There is no person, council or other literature that has authority in our lives individually or as a church body. ONLY BIBLE.
Why? Because the Bible is inspired by God, inerrant, clear, sufficient, and practical.
The Bible has a divine origin:
2 Peter 1:20-21 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Bible was not an invention of people, it came from God. The Holy Spirit, who is God, guided the prophets (those who wrote down these words).
We see in the Bible the individual touch of the various authors who were writing from diverse places and circumstances, yet, there is a common thread bringing the Bible together. We find prophecies made centuries before, coming to pass. We find symbols being explained as events unfolded in history. We see real people and real events, being confirmed by science and history. Only divine origin can explain this tremendous diversity brought together in unity.
The Bible’s divine origin makes it useful and relevant to our lives today.
Romans 15:4 “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
All that was written in the past teaches us, gives us endurance, encouragement and hope…today. Furthermore, what the Bible teaches is useful to us today, completely relevant and applicable.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
God-breathed = inspired, given directly from God.
It is useful = literally it is profitable, advantageous, able to help someone move ahead
Because the Bible is from God and is useful, it can be applied this way to our lives today:
- For teaching – showing God’s will and way
- For rebuking – confronting sin and wrongdoing, that which is against God’s way
- For correcting – showing the way back to God’s way
- For training in righteousness – for maintaining one’s self in God’s way
With this in mind, study the Bible and put it into practice.
James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”