The Bible is the inspired Word of God, totally true, absolutely reliable; it is the final authority for all we do as Christians, and as a church. It will transform your attitudes, speech and actions. It encourages us and guides us into God’s way of life.
The Bible is God’s only written message to all people, for all of time. It is made up of 66 books, all written by men as they were led by God to write (2 Timothy 3:15-17). When first written, the Bible did not contain any mistakes and it has only one true meaning (John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible is able to meet everyone’s spiritual needs as they read and obey it (Proverbs 2:1-10).
David expresses the absolute supremacy of God’s Word when he confesses that he would …praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth’s sake; for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name (Psalm 138:2b MKJV). The Lord places His Word above all else, therefore it is worthy of our highest attention and diligent obedience.
The Bible is:
- Perfect (Psalm 19:7, Proverbs 30:5)
- Inerrant, that is, it’s without error (Psalm 119:138, 144)
- Authoritative (Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 33:9,119:4)
- Eternal; it stands throughout all ages, and is just as relevant and applicable today as it was from the beginning! (Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 119:89, 160).
- Immutable, that is, it’s unchanging! (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Hebrews 6:17-18)
We can rest with full assurance and security in God’s Word because God remains faithful to His Word and fulfils all His promises.
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO READ GOD’S WORD
When we become a Christian we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), born-again (John 3:3). Spiritually you are like an infant who needs to begin to grow to maturity. God’s Word is food for our lives. The Word of God tells us;
“Like new born babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2)
The milk referred to here is the Word of God, the Bible. We need to read this regularly, meditate on it and obey it. This is basic for Christian growth and maturity. Without it we will stay as spiritual babies and never grow.
The Christian life is a walk with the Lord, that’s why God’s Word is described as:
“A lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
The Bible is our Creator’s handbook. It gives us instruction, plus it helps us understand God and who we are from His perspective. It shows us how to please God in every area of our lives and how best to serve Him. God speaks to us through the Bible and He guides us if we read and meditate on His Word. Therefore, take time to read and study it daily.
REASONS WE NEED TO KNOW THE WORD OF GOD
- It makes us wise (Psalm 119:98-104)
- It gives us the light of understanding if we receive it (Psalm 119:130)
- It gives us peace and stops us from stumbling (Psalm 119:165)
- It builds us up and gives us an inheritance in Jesus (Acts 20:32)
- It enables faith (Romans 10:17)
- It teaches us, gives encouragement, and enables hope (Romans 15:4)
- It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in right living (2 Timothy 3:16)
- It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow (Hebrews 4:12)
- It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)
WAYS TO KNOW THE WORD OF GOD
- HEARING: For example, take time to attend Bible teaching/preaching, listen to recorded Bible teaching, personal or group Bible reading aloud, gospel witnessing.
- READING: When we read we need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding. It can be helpful to follow a Bible reading plan, attend a Bible teaching Home Group, or get in a Discipleship relationship.
- STUDYING: Aim to study your Bible. Once again, ask God to bring an older Christian into your life who will be willing to disciple you. It may be helpful to follow a Bible study lesson. Write key notes into your Bible so that you can relive the learned truth repeatedly. Write down anything that God reveals to you. God wants to build your knowledge of Him, but you should be able to remember and share with others whatever God reveals to you.
- MEDITATING: This is taking a verse, or verses, and spending considerable time prayerfully contemplating and reasoning through the passage making applications to your life. Ask yourself questions like:
- What does this passage say about God?
- Is there something God says is true of you?
- Take note of how God sees you?
- Is there a command to be obeyed?
- Is there a sin identified that you should turn from?
- Spend time talking with the Lord about what you’ve been meditating on
- MEMORISING: Memorise Bible passages for the following reasons:
- To use when being tempted. “I have hidden your word is my heart that I might not sin against you.” – is what David said in Psalm 119:11
- Te help you remember lessons learned from Scripture
- For use when meditating without a Bible
- For quoting to others, including witnessing
- For quoting when praying
God wants us to know Him and His will correctly (John 17:3). That is why we must diligently study the scriptures to understand the intended meaning.
John 17:17 ‘Sanctify them by the truth, Your Word is truth’
Truth is God’s revelation given through the Scriptures by prophets of the Old Testament (Hebrews 1:1) and certain disciples and apostles of the New Testament.
Galatians 1:11-12 ‘I want you to know brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.’ (2 Peter 1:21, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
The Bible doesn’t specifically describe truth in a form of a definition in any one given passage. But throughout the Bible it does deal with specific attributes, standards and the origin of truth. In fact, in Scripture we find only two forms of knowledge, TRUTH and ERROR. Truth originates from God (Exodus 34:6, Psalm 96:13, James 1:17-18) while error and wrong attitudes originate from Satan and human wisdom (John 8:44, James 3:15, 1 John 4:1, 4-6).
It is God’s design for your life that you develop your faith and grow your trust in God’s Word by placing your confidence and reliance in the Scriptures. This growth is accelerated by regarding His Word as authoritative, absolute, and literal truth. Your relationship with the Lord will flourish as you discover more of Him through His revelation of Himself in the Bible.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7). The law of the Lord (The Bible), is uniquely able to revive you through the work of regeneration carried out in your spiritual heart. Likewise, the statutes of the Lord (The Bible), equips you by producing wisdom. Wisdom, in itself, is the actual applying of the Scriptures to every area of your life. Therefore, it is imperative that you regularly store up God’s Word in your heart. Without it, you will become weak and malnourished. It is indeed your Daily Bread.