Devotional,  Doctrine & Theology

The Sufficiency of Christ and His Word

I originally wrote the following devotional for a local church, where it appeared as an anonymous publication in the bulletin. Considering the importance of this meditation, it seemed appropriate to also share it here, with this dear readership.

There is a constant quest in professing Christianity for “more.” More spiritual experiences, more revelation, more relevance, more.

By seeking more than what God has provided, modern Christianity functionally denies the sufficiency of Christ and His Word. It is as though we are saying to God “thank You for saving me, thank You for living in me and sanctifying me, thank You for the Bible, but…can I have more?”

The Great Deceiver has done a skillful job of leading people astray by means and methods that appeal to the senses and emotions. Unbiblical, mystical practices commonly known as contemplative spirituality have infiltrated the church and taken the focus off of Christ. Leaders who claim to receive personal revelation from God have convinced many that they must venture outside of the Word to truly hear from God. These lies and others say that Christ and His Word simply are not enough.

Yet, God’s Word alone can be trusted, for it is truth (John 17:17) and it speaks of the only One who is the truth, the only way, and the life (John 14:6). That One is Jesus Christ, the One in whom all spiritual blessings are found (Eph 1:3), the One who possesses all deity, who rules over all, and who is the final perfecter of all who are His (Phil 1:6; Col 2:9-10; Heb 12:2).

Every Christian, whether newly converted or saved for decades, is in Christ. Every Christian’s life is hidden with Christ (Col 3:3). Every Christian has been raised up with Christ (Col 3:1). Every Christian, immediately upon conversion, is bequeathed a great spiritual inheritance and an abundance of every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3, 11). By the power and grace of God, Christians are granted “everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Pet 1:3). In other words, Christ is sufficient for everything. This Christ is known through His Word, which alone can make men adequate and equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:14-17).

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    • E Benz

      Agree, Deb. I think part of the problem is a lack of discipline in personal study and prayer. Another contributing factor is a lack of preaching that emphasizes this great truth, a lack that is present even in doctrinally sound churches.

  • Ron Francis

    Love your new format. I often visit you site and try to think of ways to get the women I know to read it. I personally came out of the Foster, Willard, etc orientation some ten years ago. But since then this has mushroomed in the visible church. I probably know only one women, my golfing biddy’s wife who understands this, maybe one other who somewhat agrees, but unfortunately even my wife and her close church friends still don’t see any concerns.

    They are deeply Bible readers yet can’t see any issues with adding all the current methodology being propagated by the “Christian Publishing Complex”, CPC. Maybe a good discussion of how women do come to this understanding of the suffiency of God’s word alone is worthwhile for future posts. The old doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Latin: by scripture alone). I wish this was easy, and I can say by experience that God has not given me the gift of tongue to change others, I can only pray that your ministry is effective at influencing some women, who in turn God can use to influence others along these lines.

    • E Benz

      I appreciate you sharing the site, Ron, and praise God for bringing you out of the clutches of dangerous teaching all those years ago!

      The idea of sola Scriptura is, I think, particularly difficult for women to cling to because we are much more easily led by emotions (I hate to be clichéd about it, but it’s true). I’ve talked about the importance and exclusivity of God’s Word in several Equipping Eve episodes as well, so it’s my prayer that God would use those also to help bring women to a knowledge of this truth about Him. But, in the end, only God can bring someone to a knowledge of the truth about this. We need only be faithful to Him and His Word when we have opportunities to speak to others, and we have no power in ourselves or in our words to initiate a change in them. Let that be an encouragement to you!