What Does The Bible Say About The Bible? – 2 Timothy 3

From my reading in 2 Timothy 3 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

What is the purpose of the Bible? 

Paul shares some profound truths about God’s word with Timothy.

The Bible is trustworthy.

“But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.” 2 Timothy 3:14

You can trust what the Bible says 100%. You can know for sure that it is true.  Because the Bible is true, we must be true to it. We should faithfully obey knowing that God’s Word is always trustworthy.

The Bible tells us how to be saved.

“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15

In his book “Taking God at His Word” Kevin DeYoung says, “No one can say God has not revealed enough for us to be saved or live a life pleasing to him.”  The Bible tells us all that we need to know to walk with Jesus.

The Bible is inspired by God himself.

“All Scripture is inspired by God…” 2 Tim 3:16a 

The Bible is “God-breathed.” God inspired human authors to tell us exactly what He wanted to communicate. When the Bible speaks God speaks. The words of the Bible are God’s words to us.

The Bible directs our paths. 

“…and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16b

Rick warren shares four ways God uses scripture to direct us.

  • He teaches you. God shows you the path on which you should walk.
  • He rebukes you. God shows you when you’re off the path.
  • He corrects you. God shows us how you can get back on the path.
  • He trains you. God shows you how you can stay on the path.

God has graciously give us His Word to guide us down the right paths in life.

The Bible prepares and equips us for serving God.

“God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:17

The better we know His Word the better equipped we will be to do His work. The Bible give us the tools we need to serve him well.

Have you been serious about getting God’s Word into your life? You can’t afford not to!

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The Wrong Way To Study The Bible – John 5:25-47

From my reading in John 5:25-47 in the One Year New Testament.

Jesus gave a warning to his listeners that it is possible to study the Bible but miss the main point!

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39–40

Don’t miss the point of the Bible! Some people read the Bible just to gain knowledge or to “say that you did it.”  Some people treat it as a history book or book of wise sayings to pick out.  But that would be missing the point.

The point of the Bible to draw us into a life changing relationship with Jesus.

The Bible is about Jesus, and how we can experience a relationship with him.  The Bible is the only book where every reader has a chance to relate to the author!

Next time you open up your Bible let the words draw you into a relationship with Christ. DL Moody famously said,

“The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives.” 

So come to Jesus and have life! 

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