We are continuing to look at our identity as God’s Church here. Part of who we are comes out of our approach to the Bible. Is it a story book? A history book? A book that guides us? Is it about God and does it show us who He is? Well, I believe that the Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us. The Apostle Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This is one reason we should study the Word of God. But are there others? The following are a few scriptural reasons that we should consider when answering this question.
First, the Word of God is infallible. There is no error in God’s Word. The law of the Lord is perfect concerning our soul. The testimony of the Lord is not only infallible it is inerrant, that is, it is incapable of being wrong. Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” The purity of His words does not need anything added to it and clearly God warns us not to misrepresent His scripture.
Second, the Word of God is complete. The Bible does not need any new chapters or verses. Many cults add their own books or commentaries to the Bible. All you need is God’s Word because it is the holy Word of God. It is complete. In Revelation 22:18-19, God gives us a warning, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.“
Third, the Word of God is totally authoritative. The book of Psalms 119:89 says “ Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” The Word of God is the only source for absolute divine authority. This divine authority is for you and me as servants of Jesus Christ to live under and by. When someone says, “I have a word from the Lord for you,” write it down and then study God’s word to see if it really is a word from the Lord. Only then will you know if the Lord is truly speaking to you through that word.
Fourth, God’s Word is totally sufficient for all of our needs. We don’t need anything else. Again 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We can find total security in the Lord by studying the Bible because it is God’s plan for our life.
In the same way, there is no way we will feed on the Word of God and not grow spiritually. The Bible helps us grow our faith, the outworking of which is that we build a deeper relationship with God. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” (1 Peter 2:2).
Newborns don’t need their parents’ money, they don’t need a car, and the latest electronic gadget. When a baby is born, they need milk. In the same way, God calls us to desire His Word and depend on it to survive and thrive in the world He created by His word, just like a newborn baby desires and depends on milk 100%. The Word of God is a pillar to spiritual growth.
Ephesians 6:10-18 details the armour of God which we can use to fight spiritual battles. We can’t use physical or man-made weapons to fight the power of darkness. We need the spiritual armour of God, so “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17). The Word of God is important in spiritual warfare. It is the sword of the Spirit which helps us win spiritual battles. When we read and study God’s Word diligently, we live a victorious and empowered Christian life.
One of the many benefits of the Word of God is it helps us understand what God wants from us as His children. We need to live a life that pleases Him and gives Him glory. God hates sin and wants us to hate it as well. The Bible is powerful in helping us fight and resist sin which so easily entangles us. Scripture encourages us to hide God’s word in our heart so that we might not sin against Him, (“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11)
God’s word has health benefits, for when we listen to His Word and do what it says it brings blessings to our lives. Don’t we all want to live a blessed life? God promises us that life when we listen and obey His Word. He (Jesus) replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’ (Luke 11:28)
Finally, the Word of God will accomplish what it promises. If God told you something will happen, and you wait, it will happen. In Isaiah 55:11 it says, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God sent His word to accomplish His perfect will in our lives. If God makes a promise to you He will fulfil it in His own time.
There are so many promises given to us in the Bible. These promises reassure us and bring comfort to our lives in our times of trial. Take time to study the Word of God, don’t see it as a chore. As you study, the Lord will show you wonderful things that will change your life for the better.
Read Isaiah 55:1-11 & John 5:36-47. What do they say to you about God’s word for us? Why not write down your thoughts as you ponder these questions. Perhaps you could share your reflections with others.
Digging into God’s Word
Read the following Scriptures and consider the questions….
2 Timothy 3:16-17
1. Where does all Scripture come from?
2. What is Scripture good for?
2 Peter 1:20-21
1. Does Scripture come from the will of man?
2. Who “inspired” or “carried” men to write the Bible?
1. Does the Bible contain any mistakes?
2. What does “pure” gold or silver mean?
1. How can you respond to someone who says the Bible isn’t true?
2. Does God ever need to come up with new rules or laws?
1 Corinthians 2:14
1. Why is it difficult for some people to understand the Bible?
2. How does God reveal the Bible to us?
Father, keep me from being distracted by busyness, the cares of this world, and a heart of unbelief. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to “keep in step” with the Spirit as I keep watch. Father give me a longing for the return of Christ and keep my eyes focussed on the prize that is set before me.