Sola scriptura (Tradition 1) means that Scripture is the final and infallible authority. The Bible is the sole authority because it is divine revelation (Scripture = divine revelation). Nowhere else is special revelation found, but in the Bible alone. God, however, did not just drop Scripture from the sky and leave us on our own to interpret it. Scripture alone does not mean my Bible and me only. It does not mean that there is no church or Spirit. The Reformed assert that the Bible is the supreme authority. The Bible alone is the rule for faith and life. What about the function of the church? Sola scriptura assumes that the church is a subordinate authority. The role of the church is a subordinate authority needed alongside of Scripture. The church needs the Holy Spirit also. You cannot rightly divide Scripture without the work of the Holy Spirit in His church. The next few posts will defend Tradition 1 by looking at the attributes of Scripture.
 See previous posts for an explanation of Tradition 1.