Sola Scriptura – Two Sets of Fours (Part Two)
Sola Scriptura = Scripture Alone in Latin
PART FOUR OF SIX
Again, the Bible has many roles throughout someone’s life. It might has served as a dust collector at one point in your life. Maybe it was a showpiece, for when visitors came over. I want to lay out four more roles the Bible can serve well, if we will let it. Today is the second part of “Two Sets of Fours.”
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
We can group teaching and reproof together and label them “Orthodoxy,” or right doctrine. We can group correction and training in righteousness as “Orthopraxy,” or right living. We can apply this to our lives by remembering Orthodoxy leads to Orthopraxy, or right doctrine leads to right living. Another thing to notice is the pattern 1,2,2,1, with one being positive and two being negative; meaning teacher and trainer are positive and reprover and corrector are negative.
TEACHER. The Bible serves as the main role as teacher; it is the only true source of biblical teaching. Sure, we have many teachers in our lives: preachers, pastors, Sunday school teachers, maybe family members, but if they are not submitting to the Bible and searching for orthodoxy, then there is a problem. We have to read and search for biblical truth for ourselves and test everything we are taught. If my writing and teaching or another’s teaching does not point squarely back to Word and the word, there is a big problem.
REPROVER. How do we test for ourselves and test for false teaching? Scripture. The role of reprover is the best ammunition we have to rebuke false teaching. The Bible also serves for reproof in our personal lives. The Bible as reprover helps us to see error and sin in our own lives, to give us the words to show someone a misbehavior, or to rebuke false doctrine.
CORRECTOR. As the reprover is to correct wrong doctrine, the corrector corrects wrong living. The Bible is profitable to correct improper conduct in our lives. It helps people restore their right doctrine so they may restore right living. The goal of the Corrector is recovery and course correction.
TRAINER. I like the visual of a personal trainer, whipping us in to shape here. Instead of physical training, however, the Trainer is training us in righteousness. The Bible teaches us what to do through training, and what not to do through correction.
Scripture alone can serve as teacher, reprover, corrector, and training.
Just for today, reflect on these four roles of the Bible in your life. Does orthodoxy currently equal orthopraxy?
Tune in tomorrow for Part Five…..