In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


September 27, 2007 – The Purpose of the Bible 2 Samuel 23:1-2

            As I said yesterday, the Bible is the most powerful book in all of history. Divinely inspired, God’s Word helps us successfully navigate the Christian life. But how is the Bible beneficial? Second Timothy 3:16 explains that “all Scripture is profitable for...”

            1. Teaching. When we read God’s Word, we learn more about Him. The Bible teaches how His grace and His justice intersect, and also how He placed His Son Jesus on this earth as a sacrifice.

            2. Reproof. The more we read Scripture, the better we will understand it. The Holy Spirit may then bring to mind areas of our lives that cloud our relationship with God.

            3. Correction. God’s Spirit wants to do more than simply convict us; He desires to correct sinful areas in our lives.

            4. Training in righteousness. Every time we read the Scriptures, God can reveal new truths to us. As we read, pray, and meditate on His Word, we slowly absorb the wisdom and knowledge of God.

            What’s more, the Bible makes us adequate (v. 17). No matter what circumstance, trial, or tribulation arises, the truth in Scripture will help us face it effectively. And the same verse says that the Word equips us for good work. The Lord doesn’t save us simply to fill a pew in church; His desire is that we spread His truth to others. Digging into God’s Word enables us to proclaim the gospel of Christ with confidence.

            As you read Scripture today, consider which of these ways God is working in you.

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