Well, tonight we return to the subject, the sufficiency of Scripture. It is Job who said, "I have esteemed the words of God's mouth more than my necessary food." That is to say what Jesus said in the New Testament. "We don't live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." Taking in the Word of God, said Job, is more important than eating food.
The Apostle Paul said that the church is built on the Scriptures that came through the Apostles and the prophets, Ephesians 2:20. Life in the church is built on the Word of God. It is the life of the church. It is the food of every individual believer. Thomas Watson, one of my favorite and most beloved of the Puritans was a very eloquent writer. He gave in his writings many tributes to the Bible. In one of them he said this, "Scripture is a beam of the sun of righteousness, it is a crystal stream flowing from the fountain of life, so pure that it purifies everything else." Thomas Watson also wrote this, "The devil and his agents have been blowing at Scripture light but could never blow it out." A clear sign that it is lighted by heaven.
So, on the one hand, we have the affirmation that the Scripture is indeed the Word of God. It is our food. It is the truth upon which the work of God depends and at the same time it is that which is under constant assault by the enemy of God, the enemy of God's purposes, the devil and all who are a part of his kingdom.
In any period of time, Scripture will be under attack. In any period of time, in any place it will be blown at by those who want to extinguish its light. We find that going on throughout all the history of the church. We find it going on even today. We have to rise up to understand those who would assault the Scripture and we have to rise to its defense....