Sola Scriptura- Infallibility of the Scriptures
Evangelical Protestants believe that Scripture alone is the infallible rule of faith. Does the Bible make this claim for itself?
Sola Scriptura- Support
Both Christ and the apostles viewed Scripture, and Scripture alone, as the unerring word of God. That Jesus held Scripture in the highest regard is evident from statements such as these: “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35); “Not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the law until everything has been accomplished” (Matt. 5:18); “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law” (Luke 16:17); “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matt. 24:35). Jesus even asserted that greatness in heaven will be measured by obedience to Scripture (Matt. 5:19).
When he disputed with the Pharisees on their view of tradition, Jesus proclaimed, “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition…” (Mark 7:13). Scripture therefore determines whether tradition is acceptable. When Jesus was tested by the Sadducees concerning the resurrection, He retorted, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures” (Matt. 22:29). When confronted with the devil’s temptations, He responded three times with the phrase, “It is written” (Matt. 4:4-10). Clearly, Jesus accepted Scripture as the supreme authority and subjected Himself to it (Luke 24:44). And, as followers of Christ, our view of Scripture cannot be inferior to His.
Scripture derives none of its authority from the church; its authority is inherent because it is the very Word of the living God: “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” (2 Tim. 3:16).
Sola Scriptura- The Conclusion
Does the Bible teach Sola Scriptura? Yes! God speaks to us authoritatively only through the objective Word of God. It is for this very reason that I constantly exhort Christians not only to get into the Word, but to begin to receive the blessing of getting the Word into them.