“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.” 2 Tim. 3:16 (LB)
What is your source of authority in life? How do you know what is right from wrong? For many, the standard is what they feel or think. It could be their heritage, tradition, experience, or culture. For the Christ follower, there is a much higher standard of truth. It is the only reliable and accurate source of authority by which we can live our lives in confidence, knowing we are doing the will of God. What is it? It is God’s Word – the Bible. Someone said the Bible stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
The Bible is God’s Word to you. As you read and obey its instruction, the Holy Spirit will reveal to you the will of God for your life. God speaks to you by the Holy Spirit through the Bible. The Scriptures will be your source of authority for faith and practice. Paul told Timothy of four benefits from God’s Word.
The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to:
Teach us what is true …
Make us realize what is wrong in our lives …
It straightens us out …
And helps us do what is right.
Paul is saying that the Bible is used by the Holy Spirit to tell us what we should know, what we should stop, what we should change, and what we should do. God has not left us in the dark, has He? You cannot depend on what you feel or think, your traditions, or your experience to be accurate authorities on God’s will and ways. But you can depend on God’s Word. Let it be “a lamp to your feet and a light for your path.”
“Thank you, God, for my Bible. It is Your Word to me. May the Holy Spirit use its pages to guide me in all truth and help me to know You more.”