Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
The Sufficiency of the Word of God
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
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Last week as part of our Hermeneutics study, we examined The Power of the Word of God. Today, we will examine The Sufficiency of the Word of God.

Open your Bibles to 2 Corinthians 11:1-4. We see in this passage something that causes the Apostle Paul to be afraid for the sheep.

  • The enemy, Satan, is after minds.
  • It should not surprise us that he wants to separate us from the conviction that Scripture is sufficient for leading a godly life.
  • Convictions are not lost over a weekend, but temptations to doubt the veracity and sufficiency of God’s Word in every life situation creep into the mind and convictions are softened, if we are not on high alert.
  • We mix a little of the world with scripture and it is enough to pollute the mind.
  • It also should not surprise us that Satan attacks the leadership of the church and its philosophy of ministry. He introduces heresies, world views, and add mixtures.
  • We stumble when we doubt and look to pop psychology or worldly reasoning to solve moral problems that only scripture can.
  • Mixing the world and truth produces a false way.

Notice:

Verses 1-2: Paul’s passionately desires devotion to Christ in purity.

Verse 3: Paul expresses his fear of Satan’s deceptive practices to lead their minds astray from the devotion to Christ.

Verse 4: Paul adds a little sarcasm with a description of how beautifully they have already been led astray by false teaching.

  • Key to the text: Satan is after the mind and how we think/reason. Convictions are rooted in our reasoning. When we are led astray, we move away from the simple message of Christ and Him crucified.

Cross reference passages

  • Psalm 119:105, 140 – God’s Word is light and pure.
  • Psalm 19:7-8 – God’s Word makes us wise; it enlightens the eyes.
  • 2 Peter 1:3 – True knowledge
  • Heb. 4:12 – God’s word exposes the intentions of the heart.

Conclusion: Truth can be apprehended easily from God’s Word with a heart that submits and believes.

  • It requires a mind that is devoted to Christ.
  • It requires a love of Christ and His Word.
  • Once you believe in Christ and His Word, your eyes are opened, and you gain clarity to reason, correctly.
  • There is a trusting dependency on the sufficiency of His Word.
  • There is no need for discipleship that is clever; we must trust the Truth.
  • Our minds must focus on faith and the simplicity of Christ.

Open to Romans 12:1-2:

  • This passage shows that there is a mind renewal for believers.
  • Our reasoning changes as our world view receives an overhaul.
    • We jettison old ways of thinking as we dwell on the Truth of Scripture.
    • We examine and believe Truth.
    • Mind transformation is supernatural work of God.
  • Reasoning from a worldly perspective is the opposite and evil, since we approve and accept things not acceptable to God.

What is our reasoning world view?

  • As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we live our lives by a grid of convictions.
  • The definition of conviction:
    • Something we are willing to die for.
    • For example, are you willing to regularly put to death the lusts of the flesh, because God commands it in His Word?
    • If so, you hold a conviction about that certain truth.
  • As the world and circumstances come at us, do we regularly subject them to Truth or do we reason them from some other world view?
  • We must subject our view of life to God’s view as revealed in His Word.
  • Practical living with convictions rooted in Truth is the foundation of life for a believer.
  • Romans 1 plainly states that all of us after the fall and before Christ:
    • Became futile and useless.
    • Our intellect was wasted on self.
    • We had no clarity and our hearts were darkened.
    • The most gifted and intelligent people on the planet have darkened minds, hearts, and reasonings for the moral things of God.
    • Heb. 11:6 – Apart from faith it is impossible to please God.
    • 1 Cor. 3:19-20 – The wisdom of the world is foolishness. The reasoning of the wise are useless.
    • Eph. 4:17 – Unbelievers walk in futility.
    • Romans 8:5-6 – Those who are according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh, which is death (i.e. total depravity).
    • 1 Cor. 2:14 – Both the will and the ability is corrupt. An unbeliever will not and cannot accept the things of God.
    • Eph 2:3 – We are dead in our trespasses and sin.
    • As believers, we know we are saved by Scripture, so why do we fall back toward a pattern of worldly reasoning?

Here are the regular practices of Biblically discerning believers:

  1. They saturate themselves with Truth.
  2. They practice discerning between good and evil with Scripture.
  3. They live with eyes open and their senses trained by Truth seeing things the way the Bible evaluates them.
  4. They believe God’s Word and trust it in humility.
  5. They allow God’s Word to collide with their thought life and deny the lies that they believe. (Allow God’s Word to indict and correct their hearts.)
  6. Commit to a habitual practice of rejecting lies and believing truth.
  7. Set a goal to have thoroughly renovated convictions in subjection to Scripture.

The litmus test of questions for a changing and renewing mind:

  • Are you becoming more and more humble before God’s Word and other disciplers/elders, etc.?
  • Are you crushing pride?
  • Are you growing in the fear of God? 1 Peter 1:17 – We are not condemned, but He is the Judge and He has a right to condemned us.
  • Do you have genuine love?
    • Of God with all your heart, mind and strength?
    • And for others?
  • Do you live your life where you look forward to the Scripture exposing another layer of unbelief in your thoughts, intentions, and motives (Heb. 4:12)?
  • Do you practice 2 Cor. 10:5 and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ?
    • You imprison your thought life to Christ.
    • The Lord wants to expose the idols of your heart and extinguish them.
    • Are you practicing this obedience moment by moment?