“The sum of your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances are everlasting.” – Psalm 119:60
When one begins to take a look at Biblical Counseling and its necessity in the local church, we must begin by noting several foundational pillars that Biblical Counseling stands upon. The first and foremost of these pillars, and the most foundational of them all is the belief that the Bible alone is sufficient for counseling. This truth is the heart-beat of all Biblical Counseling.
What do we mean though when we say that the Scripture is sufficient for counseling? The term sufficient means, “enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end “. For something to be sufficient means that it is adequate, competent, or qualified. Therefore when we speak of God’s Word alone as being sufficient for counseling we could say that, “The Word of God is adequate and qualified to provide us with all we need to counsel one another.”
How do we know the Scripture’s are Sufficient?
Scripture interprets Scripture, therefore the strongest argument for the sufficiency of Scripture comes from Scripture and the author of Scripture; God Himself. God has revealed Himself to us through His Word and He has made it abundantly clear that what He has said is enough for us.
Psalm 19:7-9 is perhaps the greatest text in the Word of God that deals with the Sufficiency of Scripture. In this passage David clearly lays out for us what it means for the Word to be all that we need in our Christian walk. He writes…
The Law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgements of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.”
For any and every single counseling scene or scenario that comes the way of the Christian he can stand with absolute confidence on the Word of God alone. The passage above that David so beautifully penned perfectly describes the Sufficiency of God’s Word. Because the Word of God is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true and righteous it does not need any additions, extra revelations, or insights from mankind. It is totally complete. The Christian therefore need not look anywhere else but the Word of God when counseling, for it most assuredly has all the answers!
Not only is the sufficiency of God’s Word championed by David in the Old Testament, in the New Testament Paul also, in His second letter to Timothy, held high the absolute sufficiency of God’s Word. He writes in 2 Timothy 3:16-17,
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
As Paul writes to His son in the faith, he desires to establish in his mind the complete sufficiency of the Word of God. Timothy is a young pastor and Paul wants him to realize his absolute need to trust the Word of God for everything in life. Paul says that Scripture is profitable and is able to make us equipped for every good work. Paul is essentially saying that any good work that a child of God, may wish to do for God, is made possible through the sufficient Word of God! What a marvelous truth this is!
The sufficiency of the Word of God should make us marvel as the graciousness and goodness of our God. That He would record in a book, His holy Words, and give them to us, allowing us to counsel, care for, admonish, and love one another is truly amazing! God has blessed us with all that we need in His Word, it alone is sufficient not only for counseling, but for every single thing we deal with in our lives. All praise be to our gracious and glorious God!