Four Attributes of Scripture
There are four attributes that are helpful to observe and recognize about the Scriptures. These attributes are the authority, perspicuity (clarity), necessity, and sufficiency of the Scriptures. These attributes help us to develop our understanding about the character, attributes, and nature of God and His purpose of the Scriptures. Moreover, they inform us of the Scriptures position in the life of a Christ follower.
The Bible teaches all four of these attributes:
1. The Authority of Scripture
“I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”- Psalm 138: 2 –
2. The Perspicuity of Scripture
“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.” – Deuteronomy 30:11-14 –
3. The Necessity of Scripture
“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:6-13 –
4. The Sufficiency of Scripture
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-16 –
As you explore these four attributes of Scripture I look forward to the impact that they would have on your understanding, approach, and application of the Scripture to our lives. May our God use His Holy Word to transform us into the image of His Son, sanctifying us for His glory and His Name.
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