"SUFFICIENCY" - WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Webster says “sufficiency” means “having everything that meets your needs”. That sounds good if we only look at this word from a material viewpoint. Peter has a more complete definition as we look at this word as it relates to Scripture. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence,” (2 Peter 1:3). God’s power has been mainly revealed to us through the Scriptures which record in detail all that He has provided. Notice also that Peter is careful to point out that God’s provision is for “all things that pertain to life and godliness”, not just church life or ministry. Whether it’s personal, business, marriage, raising children, finances, government, evangelizing, church government or discipline. The Bible provides God’s wisdom on every matter.
David says, “the law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7). It lacks nothing and needs nothing to be added to it. God’s Word will keep “a young man’s way pure” (119:9). These verses relate to all of our personal lives. We should never doubt that God has provided everything we need for living personal lives that honor and glorify Him. In that sense, Paul reminds us that we “have been filled (made complete) in Christ” (Col. 2:10).
Paul says, “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 3:16–17). In any of the Scriptures, there is never a suggestion that we need to add human education or status to ourselves to make us suitable for ministry. This verse alone should convince us that GOD’S WORD IS SUFFICIENT for everything; especially His work!
John gives a very solemn warning as he closes the Book of Revelation; “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18–19). False teachers either add to or take away from the written Word of God. They face dreadful consequences for tampering with Holy Scripture. Be not like them, but run to the Bible as your final authority and as sufficient for all you need for life and ministry.
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