1. The Holy Scriptures
1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and ¹infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
Although the ²light of nature and the works of creation and providence manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God so much that man is left without any excuse, they are not sufficient to provide that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary for salvation.³
Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in divers manners to reveal Himself, and to declare His will to His church;
– and afterward, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church, protecting it against the corruption of the flesh and the malice of Satan and the world,
– it pleased the Lord to commit His revealed Truth wholly to writing.4 Therefore the Holy Scriptures are most necessary, those former ways by which God revealed His will unto His people having now ceased.
12 Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; Ephesians 2:20;
2Romans 1:19-21; Romans 2:14,15; Psalms 19:1-3;
4Proverbs 22:19-21; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19,20
Thoughts to ponder:
Could anyone looking at your life tell that the Bible is your final authority? How? or Why not?
Do you really believe that the Bible is completely sufficient for all of life? Could someone tell by watching you?