by Theodore Wright
The evidence for the Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) doctrine as being what was taught in the early church is found in the Holy Scriptures themselves.
First, let us start with where Sola Scriptura is not proven…
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
While these verses do prove from the Scriputres the doctrine that the Holy Bible is inspired by God as His covenant, they do not prove they are exclusively God’s word as covenant. However, this verse below does prove this…
so that you may learn from us the meaning of
the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.”
– 1 Corinthians 4:6b (NIV)
Sola Scriptura is perfectly well stated in the Bible here. The King James and New King James Version Bibles are even more emphatic by stating that we are even not to think above what is written.
It cannot be rightly argued that God’s words here in 1 Corinthians 4:6 are taken out of context. The original Greek language says it like this, translated literally into English,
“you may learn THE not above what has been written”.
Note the word “the” here. It is “THE not above what has been written”. The, being what, then? The words that follow it! The “Do not go beyond what is written” is a saying of its own and independent of the context it is used in here. The NIV Bible has this well translated in the idea of what is said in Greek.
Yes, learn! Learn the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Moreover, heed the saying and don’t go beyond what is written. Do not think up new inventions of doctrine above and beyond what is written.
Do not add oral traditions to God’s word which were not established by Christ and His apostles as Holy Writ. Do not act above what God has said in His word to trespass His commandments.
Also, do not esteem men to be higher than what God has declared them as in His Word.
Thus, Sola Scriptura is found in the Holy Scriptures. It is not a later invention. God inspired the Apostle Paul to teach it. Learn it! Do not go beyond what is written.