The Word of God can be defined as being the Son of God, direct speech by God (decrees, personal address), God’s speaking through prophets, and God’s word in written form (John 1:1).
Clarity Of Scripture
- The Bible is written in such a way that its teachings are able to be understood by all who will read it seeking God’s help and being willing to follow it (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
- Understanding Scripture rightly is more a moral and spiritual than intellectual ability.
Necessity Of Scripture
The Bible is necessary for knowledge of the gospel and maintaining spiritual life and certain knowledge of God’s will (Matthew 4:4).
- Knowledge of God and creation gained from Scripture must be used to interpret correctly the creation around us.
- General (or natural) revelation can provide a knowledge that God exists and a knowledge of some of his attributes simply from observation of themselves and the world around them. It can also provide an awareness of sin, but cannot teach the way of salvation (Romans 10:13-17).
- Special revelation refers to God’s words addressed to specific people at specific times.
Sufficiency Of Scripture
Scripture contains all the words of God he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and it now contains everything we need God to tell us for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him perfectly (Deuteronomy 29:29).
- God does not require us to believe anything about himself or his redemptive work that is not found in Scripture.
*Resources Added From Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology