meh, He’s adequate

Posted in: theological rants, theological raves- Feb 07, 2015 No Comments

The most-referenced passage on the sufficiency of Scripture is 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

In short, we don’t need anything else. And I certainly believe that.

Now, let’s look at a few other passages to add to this thought.

  • Ephesians 3:20 describes God as He “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”.
  • James 1:5 tells us that God “gives to all liberally”. Although the passage is talking about receiving wisdom from Him, it is possible that the application — as it applies to His nature — goes much wider.
  • In Luke 6:38, Jesus instructs us: “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.”

The dictionary defines “sufficient” as “enough” or “adequate”. Do those passages sound like a God who skates by on “adequate”?

Consider the student who is perfectly capable of straight A’s but limits his efforts to just enough to pass. Eventually, he will hold in his hand the evidence that his work was sufficient to receive a sheepskin. But we would frown on such a student.

So why are we cool with an identical image of God?



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