• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

Many of us read the Bible with the purpose of knowing it better. Often, however, we read the Bible without allowing it to change our lives. We may scan the Scriptures daily looking for some reinforcement of our own “core values” but without allowing the Scriptures to speak to us personally about sin and righteousness.

As Christians, we believe in God. We believe that God has authority and power over our lives which He exercises according to His Will. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God written for mankind’s benefit. We receive what the Bible teaches us with reverence because it proceeds from the mouth of God. King David wrote:

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11 ESV)

The Word of God is profitable to us.  It teaches us about the seriousness and magnitude of sin while offering salvation by grace to sinners. The Bible offers life to the spiritually dead.  It is the perfect textbook for humankind.  The Scriptures offer us training in righteousness and holy living. The Bible offers humanity completeness in fulfilling the chief end for which we were created:

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. (The Westminster Shorter Catechism)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

We should expect the Bible, through the work of the Holy Spirit, to transform our minds and, therefore, our lives. We desperately need a paradigm shift and have no idea of what that should be until we are born again and begin to hunger for Christ through searching the Scriptures and constant prayer. We read the Scriptures, not just for information but so they will conform us to the Will of God. The Bible is the very Word of God. It goes forth from His mouth and accomplishes all that He has intended. (Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV) Do you read it with the expectation that it will change the nature of your existence for eternity?

Give me the Bible – holy message shining,
Thy light shall guide me in the narrow way.
Precept and promise, law and love combining,
‘Til night shall vanish in eternal day.
(Give Me the Bible, Priscilla J. Owens)

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