Weekly Bible Study
Tuesday 14th July 2020
TOPIC: THE NECESSITY OF SCRIPTURE
TEXT: Romans 10:13-17.
The necessity of Scripture means that the Bible is necessary for knowing the gospel, for maintaining spiritual life, and for knowing God’s will, but is not necessary for knowing that God exists.
A. The Bible Is Necessary for Knowledge of the Gospel.
According to Romans 10:13–17, one must call upon the name of the Lord to be saved. People can only call upon the name of Christ if they believe in him. People cannot believe in Christ unless they have heard of him. They cannot hear of Christ unless there is someone to tell them about Christ (a “preacher”. The conclusion is that saving faith comes by hearing (that is, by hearing the gospel message), and this hearing of the gospel message comes about through the preaching of Christ. The implication seems to be that without hearing the preaching of the gospel of Christ, no one can be saved. This passage is one of several that show that eternal salvation comes only through belief in Jesus Christ and no other way. (1 Timothy. 2:5–6).
B. The Bible Is Necessary for Maintaining Spiritual Life
Jesus says in Matthew 4:4 (quoting Deuteronomy. 8:3), “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. Here Jesus indicates that our spiritual life is maintained by daily nourishment with the Word of God, just as our physical lives are maintained by daily nourishment with physical food. To neglect regular reading of God’s Word is as detrimental to the health of our souls as the neglect of physical food is detrimental to the health of our bodies. The Bible, then, is necessary for maintaining spiritual life and for growth in the Christian life. (Deuteronomy. 32:47).
C. The Bible Is Necessary for Certain Knowledge of God’s Will.
In the Bible, we have clear and definite statements about God’s will. God has not revealed all things to us, but he has revealed enough for us to know His will. (Deuteronomy. 29:29) As it was in the time of Moses, so it is now with us: God has revealed his words to us that we might obey his laws and thereby do his will. God knows all facts that ever have been or ever will be. Now it is from this infinite storehouse of certain knowledge that God, who never lies, has spoken to us in Scripture, in which he has told us many true things about himself, about ourselves, and about the universe that he has made.
No fact can ever turn up to contradict the truth spoken by this one who is omniscient. Thus, it is appropriate for us to be more certain about the truths we read in Scripture than about any other knowledge we have. If we are to talk about degrees of certainty of knowledge we have, then the knowledge we attain from Scripture would have the highest degree of certainty: if the word “certain” can be applied to any kind of human knowledge, it can be applied to this knowledge. This concept of the certainty of knowledge that we attain from Scripture then gives us a reasonable basis for affirming the correctness of much of the other knowledge that we have.
D. But the Bible Is Not Necessary for Knowing That God Exists.
Without the Bible some knowledge of God is possible, even if it is not absolutely certain knowledge. People can obtain a knowledge that God exists, and a knowledge of some of his attributes, simply from observation of themselves and the world around them. (Psalm. 19:1). To look at the sky is to see evidence of the infinite power, wisdom, and even beauty of God; it is to observe a majestic witness to the glory of God. (Acts 14:16–17). Rains and fruitful seasons, food produced from the earth, and gladness in people’s hearts, all bear witness to the fact that their Creator is a God of mercy, of love and even of joy. These evidences of God are all around us in creation to be seen by those who are willing to see them.