1 January 2018
The Bible is a unique book. Among the millions of books ever written, the Bible alone is inspired by God. It is God-breathed, the very Word proceeding from his mouth (2 Timothy 3:16).
The human authors of the Bible (Moses, Isaiah, Matthew, Paul and so on) were led by the Holy Spirit to write down his Word accurately and without mistake (see 2 Peter 1:21). Other books, helpful as they may be, are written by fallible people. The Bible alone is the perfect, infallible and inerrant because its omniscient Author cannot be mistaken.
If we are seeking to know the way of salvation and how to please God in our lives, there is no better place to go other than the Bible. The Apostle Paul writes to his dear fellow-worker, Timothy:
‘From childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
We notice a twofold purpose of the Scriptures. Firstly the Bible tells us how to be saved. The Holy Scriptures 'are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.' Secondly, the Bible teaches and directs Christians along their spiritual journey. It is ‘profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’ The person who is led by the Scriptures is described as 'complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.'
The Bible is a unique book; it reveals the mind of God, exposes our sinful condition, shows the way of salvation, the doom of the unrepentant and the hope of believers. Its precepts and promises are true, guiding and comforting the faithful. We ought to read it daily, reverently, attentively and prayerfully.
If we genuinely desire to be saved and to walk in holiness, let us endeavour to know, believe and obey the Bible; it is the voice of the Lord to us.
(Gospel e-Letter - January 2018)