Sufficiency of Scripture

“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

Luke 16:27-31

6 thoughts on “Sufficiency of Scripture

  1. dale

    Amen, Andy. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is true, or we of all men are most miserable. But thanks be to God for delivering us from the sting of death and damnation by Christ’s defeat of death and satan on the Cross and Christ rising from the grave. May we live by the power of the Holy Spirit, giving glory to God, the Father. Amen

  2. Andy Rupert

    You are right, Dale. The resurrection is our blessed hope through the Lord Jesus. The story does show the difference between the end of the righteous and wicked. However… did you notice that the resurrection was not the purpose of this portion of the passage?

    The rich man was looking for some great sign that would cause his brothers to repent. But the truth is that those who reject the Scriptures will reject miraculous events as well.

    Let me give you a recent example. In a limited conversation about religion, someone indicated that all religions are okay. I replied that truth is not relative. That prompted a woman to ask the million dollar question: “But how do you know which one is true.”

    This passage answers her question. The Bible is what people need to know the truth and escape the torments of Hell. As the story reveals, there is no other alternative.

  3. dale

    I agree, Andy. I’ve been actively debating atheists in a semi-controlled public forum. I read Luke’s passage passage all the time in preparation to my defense of the Gospel. In response to the question, “Prove there is a God. Why does this god not declare itself once and for all, and get it over with? Why does this god not perform some miraculous sign, and we can see for ourselves this god exists?” I am always drawn to the following passage. The only revealed truth about the Truth can be read in the holy Scripture God hiself has given us. It, by the power of the Holy Spirit, points us to the Savior. Reject the word, and we reject the Word. I don’t need miracles (praise God when he provides them). I know the Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord. His grace is all sufficient for me.

    Hebrews 1: 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

    Where else can we learn about and know Christ than in the inspired word of God? Amen to what you have written here, Andy. I totally agree. Thank you for reminding us of his grace.

  4. Andy Rupert

    I like that passage, especially that Jesus purged our sins and sat down (completed the job).

    This summer, an atheist with roots in Roman Catholicism and oriental mysticism tried to convince me to reject the Bible as unscientific. Unless the Spirit opens his eyes to the Scriptures, there will be no hope. Sadly, it was like beating a brick wall.

    But with God all things are possible.

  5. dale

    Quote Andy: “Sadly, it was like beating a brick wall.”

    It is sad, Andy. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance. I cry for these folk. I also pray for their salvation. Grace is the gift of God the Father, through his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Some, to their damnation, I feel, have fallen into the Romans 1 passage. Shake the dust from my feet, and keep proclaiming the Gospel. I look to the fields where they are ready for the harvest.

    I’m beginning not to waste my time with militant atheists any longer. There are too many people willing to truly discuss the Gospel, and who recognize their need for something they just can’t identify yet. It is them I look for. I just have to keep looking by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

  6. Andy Rupert

    You’re right, Dale.

    I remember asking a black evangelist how he handled rejection. He smiled and told me he went to the next person that would listen. That’s stuck with me.

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