Biblical Sufficiency Applied



God-breathed. Profitable. These two words Paul conveys in 2 Timothy 3:16 to describe the word of God. That the Text is God-breathed attests to its authority, and that it is profitable attests to its sufficiency. The authority of Scripture has no limit for the believer – in its pages God demands complete submission of His children. Likewise the sufficiency of Scripture reaches to the farthest corners of the believer’s position and practice.

Paul describes the purpose of Scripture’s inspiration: “that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:17). God’s word is sufficient for the equipping of His people for the works He has planned for them (Eph 2:10). The divine prescriptions explain the believer’s course of action, oftentimes revealing the rationale for the action, and always pointing to the enablement needed and provided. In short, the true knowledge of Him provides everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3).

As such, we can rely on Scripture in every area of life. We will find no topic out of bounds, and no subject so controversial as to be avoided or lacking illumination in the pages of the Bible. Biblical Sufficiency Applied is an effort on the part of its several contributors to consider certain areas of contemporary controversy in the light of Scripture. We hope and pray that God uses this work both to challenge and encourage the reader to seek the answers in Scripture, and to be confident in the Biblical record as sufficient for every aspect of the believer’s life.

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Christopher Cone

Christopher Cone, Th.D, Ph.D, Ph.D, serves as President and CEO of AgathonEDU. Dr. Cone has served as President of Calvary University and as Research Professor of Bible and Theology, in executive and faculty roles at Southern California Seminary as Chief Academic Officer and Research Professor of Bible and Theology, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary as President and Professor of Bible and Theology. He has served in several pastoral roles and has also held teaching positions at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Southern Bible Institute. His articles are published at, and he is the author and general editor of fourteen books, including:

  • The Sofa Rule: A Biblical Approach to God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
  • Priority in Biblical Hermeneutics and Theological Method
  • Forged From Reformation: How Dispensational Thought Advances the Reformed Legacy (co-edited w/ Dr. James Fazio)
  • Life Beyond the Sun: Worldview and Philosophy Through the Lens of Ecclesiastes, 2nd Edition
  • Applied Biblical Worldview: Essays on Christian Ethics
  • Gifted: Understanding the Holy Spirit and Unwrapping Spiritual Gifts
  • Integrating Exegesis and Exposition: Biblical Communication for Transformative Learning
  • Prolegomena on Biblical Hermeneutics and Method
  • An Introduction to the New Covenant
  • Redacted Dominionism: A Biblical Approach to Grounding Environmental Responsibility
  • A Concise Bible Survey: Tracing the Promises of God
  • Dispensationalism Tomorrow and Beyond: A Theological Collection in Honor of Charles C. Ryrie
  • Practical Aspects of Pastoral Theology
  • Biblical Sufficiency Applied