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Sufficient Scripture 5

November 15, 2007

So, should we take out the garbage before we water the plants or the other way around and where is this found in Scripture?

This is not as straight forward of a question as I made it sound. Scripture does not dictate any command about the priorities of trash removal over plant care.

In exploring the Westminster Confession, chapter 1 section 6, after the verses we’ve reviewed it states: “Nevertheless we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word”. Now, we know that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus only. We can also see in Scripture that our obedience is evidence of our salvation. When section 6 says that we rely on the illumination of the Spirit of God for saving understanding of such things (such things that were listed in the previous sentence: “man’s salvation, faith, and life”), the saving understanding of life is that we need to be obedient to God’s Word throughout our life, which is the evidence that Scripture promises. The Westminster Confession tells us that the work of the Holy Spirit is done through the Word of God in such a way that we are taught how to give evidence of our faith which extends beyond the direct commands of the Bible.

Does the Bible say the same thing? First, the Word of God is living (Hebrews 4:12). It is relevant at all times because it is alive. It’s alive because of its divine authorship. Second, when 2 Timothy 3:16-17 said that all scripture was profitable for training in righteousness in order that the believer might be equipped for every good work, it does not promise to give us steps for every situation. Rather the Bible uses teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness to equip us for every good work. The Bible is the tool the Holy Spirit uses to sanctify us – equip us, change us, make us like the subject of Scripture – Jesus Christ.

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