The idea of the understand-ability of the basic gospel message in scripture ties closely in to the reformed idea of the sufficiency of scripture the concept of sufficiency means about the same thing as perfection the reformers see that the way the bible is written teaches and assumes itself as the only bedrock of true, reliable knowledge. Scriptural sufficiency is, of course, a doctrine that stands in positive connection to a number of other theological convictions, such as inerrancy, the extent of the canon, and the perspicuity or clarity of scripture.
Clarity of scripture the doctrine of the clarity of scripture (often called the perspicuity of scripture) teaches that the meanings of the text can be clear to the ordinary reader, that god uses the text of the bible to communicate his person and will. Answer: the doctrine of the sufficiency of scripture is a fundamental tenet of the christian faith to say the scriptures are sufficient means that the bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service.
The necessity of scripture the authority of scripture the sufficiency of scripture and the perspicuity of scripture the necessity of scripture negatively, scripture is necessary because, first, man is a creature, and second, man is a sinner. The sufficiency of scripture means “that scripture contained all the words of god he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that it now contains everything we need god to tell us for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying. The perspicuity of scripture means simply “the bible is a plain book” 1 but the study of the perspicuity, or clarity, of scripture is complicated by at least three matters. The sufficiency of scripture is one part of sola scriptura, which includes not only the sufficiency of scripture but also the authority, clarity, and necessity of scripture thus, like other doctrines such as the trinity, there is no one (or even two or three) proof text upon which the doctrine stands or falls.
“the sufficiency of scripture means that we don’t need any more special revelation we don’t need any more inspired, inerrant words in the bible god has given us, we have the perfect standard for judging all other knowledge. Scripture is trustworthy, imparting wisdom david further expands the sweep of scriptural sufficiency in psalm 19:7, writing, “the testimony of the lord is sure, making wise the simple” david’s use of the word “sure” means that the lord’s testimony is unwavering, immovable, unmistakable, reliable, and worthy to be trusted.
1 the perspicuity of scripture tyndale fellowship conference: the john wenham lecture 1 july 8, 2009 wayne grudem research professor of theology and biblical studies.
The perspicuity of scripture the perspicuity and sufficiency of scripture posted on october 1, 2014 october 1, 2014 by lori tyson why the basic gospel message is clear enough for anyone to pick up the bible and read to understand it – known as the perspicuity of scripture. I understand the clarity (perspicuity) of scripture as follows: scripture affirms that it is able to be understood but (1) not all at once and (2) not without effort and (3) not without ordinary means and (4) not without the reader’s willingness to obey it. The necessity of scripture five things i hope you believe are true about scripture scripture has five very important characteristics: necessity , authority , inerrancy , sufficiency , and perspicuity.