The Importance of the Bible
2 Timothy 3:14-17
The importance of Scripture cannot be overstated. It is the source of all truth about God and about ourselves.
A primary purpose of the Bible is to lead us to salvation. Without the Scriptures, we would never discover that we have a spiritual problem which separates us from the Lord: we are sinners from birth (Rom. 3:23) and have no way to rescue ourselves. The Father wants us to know that Jesus died to save us, and if we accept His sacrifice as payment for our sin-debt, we’ll be forgiven. The Word also makes clear that God desires to adopt us into His family so we can live with Him forever. Faith in Christ—not good works—is the one and only means of salvation and eternal life (John 14:6;
Eph. 2:7-8; ). Everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus will be saved (Acts 16:31).
Another purpose of the Bible is to provide instructions on how we are to live. A godly life is characterized by surrender to the Lord’s control, submission to His plan, and a daily yielding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance (Gal. 2:20). The Scriptures also reveal the Creator’s standard for living—namely, what is acceptable behavior and what is not.
If you earnestly seek to know the Father better and please Him, time spent in His Word will never be wasted. Through it, you will experience both the joy of a personal relationship with God and the power to affect our world for Him. Have you accepted His gift of salvation? If so, how does He manifest His transformational power in your life?
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