In your church’s statement of faith, you may have read something like, “We believe in the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.” In essence, this is ‘sola scriptura.’
The phrase sola scriptura comes is from the Latin: sola having the idea of “alone,” and the word scriptura referring to the Scriptures. Sola scriptura means that Scripture alone is our final authority. We live in an information age; and consequently, we face a new challenge. Today our problem is not access to information but known what is true. With the rise of ‘fake news’, Politicians who call each other liars and theories that contradict where are we put our trust?
The most amazing thing about the Bible is that God speaks to us directly through it.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 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. 2 Peter 1:20-21
Nearly four thousand times in the Bible we find phrases such as: “And God said” … or “The Lord spoke to”, and “The Word of the Lord came to”. For example: God spoke to Moses (Exodus 3:4), about 1500 B.C. God spoke to Samuel (1 Samuel 3:11), about 1000 B.C. God spoke to Elijah (1 Kings 21:17), about 900 B.C. God spoke to Isaiah (2 Kings 20:1), about 700 B.C. God spoke to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:2), about 600 B.C. God spoke to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3), about 600 B.C. and God spoke to Malachi (Malachi 1:1-2), about 400 B.C.
We should remember this vital fact as we read our Bibles. God is speaking! God, who created the whole universe and sustains it. He is from everlasting to everlasting. He who is completely holy speaks directly to us through His Word. With this in mind, We should remember this vital fact as we read our Bibles. God is speaking! By affirming sola scriptura we are saying that we value what God has to say above anyone or anything else.
- Do you believe you can trust the Bible?
- Are there some people’s options you’ve been holding at a higher value than Gods?
Father, Thank You for your Word. Thank You that as we read our Bible, you speak to us. Help us to trust in all that you say and to live by it we pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen.