“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16
Why is it so important to understand that the Bible is the Word of God? Our salvation depends upon it. Our salvation is based on the Gospel, and the Gospel is revealed in the Word of God. Apart from the Gospel truth, no one is saved. If we want others to be saved, we’ve got to give them something to believe. And what are we going to give them? The Word of God.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Growth as a Christian depends upon the Word of God. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).
Sanctification depends upon the Word of God. Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth: Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Assurance depends upon the Word of God. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). It is crucial to have a solid conviction that the Bible is the Word of God—distinct, different, better, higher, and more glorious than any other book that was ever written.
- What evidence does your life give that you hold the Bible above any other book or source of human wisdom?
- Do you hold to the Word of God to remind you of the truths you have in Christ?
Make a list of reasons the Bible is crucial for our lives. Begin with the reasons we’ve discussed today and add your own from there.