Why I Believe in the Sufficiency of the Word of God

Why I believe in the sufficiency of the word of God and diminish the value of extra-biblical tradition!

The Sufficiency of the Word of God

  1. The Word of God reveals Jesus Christ (John 5:39; Luke 24:25-27, 45-47).
  2. The Word of God is the basis of saving faith (John 5:24).
  3. The Word of God brings about the new birth (1 Peter 1:23).
  4. The Word of God is the truth that sanctifies (John 15:3; 17:17).
  5. The Word of God is the ultimate and final standard of judgment (John 12:48).
  6. Abiding in the Word of God is evidence of discipleship (John 8:31).
  7. The Word of God nourishes our souls (Matthew 4:4; John 6:63; 1 Peter 2:2).
  8. The Word of God is sufficient to save and complete us (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
  9. We are to make disciples by teaching the Word of God (all which Jesus commanded) (Matthew 28:19-20).
  10. Pastors are commanded to preach the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:4)
  11. The Word of God endures forever (1 Peter 1:24-25).

Unverifiable Tradition:

  1. There are only three passages in the NT that speak of ‘apostolic’ tradition (1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6).
  2. Each of this passages can be taken as teaching that is ‘passed down.’
  3. None of these passages indicate any specific tradition that is beyond what is recorded in Scripture.
  4. It is unlikely that there would be extra-biblical human tradition when Jesus always condemned tradition that conflicted with the Word of God (Matthew 15:3; Mark 7:8).
  5. If there was a tradition in addition to what is revealed in Scripture, it certainly would not replace or contradict the ten statements given above.
  6. The church fathers offer no unified witness to any universally accepted tradition apart from Scripture.

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