In October we celebrate the Protestant Reformation. It was in October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther an Augustinian Monk nailed 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church in Germany. That spurred a movement that would change Christianity forever.
Because of that, this week and next week, we will take a look at one of the “Five Solas” of the Reformation. It will be “Sola Scriptura”, which means the “Scripture Alone”.
In 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at the Diet of Worms, he declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God saying, “Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with evident reasons — for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils, since they have often erred and contradicted one another — I am overcome by the Scripture texts which I have adduced, and my conscience is bound by God’s Word.”
In our world there are many fonts of authority that we use to learn about life, the universe, and spiritual truths. The Reformers stood firm in only one foundation, the Scripture.
THE BIBLE IS THE ONLY RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, having been given by inspiration of God, are the all-sufficient and only rule of faith and practice, and judge of controversies.
In the New Testament we have an important text that is the foundation for the doctrine of the Scripture. It is in 2Timothy 3: 14-17. Here is the text:
“2Tim. 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,  and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
This text is rich in teachings about the Scripture and its importance for our life. Let us see a few of them.
1 – To Know about God – If there is a God, and He created us, would it be too difficult to imagine that He communicated to us? If He did, would it be too difficult to imagine that He would do it in a way that we could understand?
The Bible is the way that God decided to REVEAL HIMSELF.
Who He Is – It is in the Bible that we learn who God is, His love, His mercy, His sovereignty, wisdom, etc.
What He Did – It is in the Bible that we learn about God’s deeds, His actions, and His works. If you want to know what God did, you have to come to the Scripture and learn.
His Will – Finally, it is in the Bible that we learn about God’s will, what He desires, what He wants from us. It is in the Bible that we discover His plans for the universe and for each one of us.
My friend, if you want to learn about God, you will need to read the Bible, study the Bible, and meditate on the Bible. There is no other way.
Have a blessed week,