The Power of Scripture
The Scriptures are the special written revelation of God. In the Bible we have everything we need for matters of faith and practice. There is no more revelation to be given. In fact, there is a curse placed on those who add or take away from the revelation that is the 66 books of the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19). There is but one revealed Word of God in written form. It is the one book with 66 chapters (the books of the Bible) that is the finished canon of Holy Scripture. This one book is the written special revelation of the One Who is the revealed Word of God, Jesus Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-2,14 ESV)
Jesus is the Creator God of the universe. In Him, the Word, we have everything that God was, is or ever will be wrapped up in human flesh. He is the revealed Word of God. The scriptures reveal Him. Every book in the Bible points to Jesus and tells His story. When we read the Bible we are having revealed to us the Person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. There is no more revelation. This is why the cults all have one thing in common – they all have scriptures in addition to the Bible and thus inherit the curse that God warns of in Revelation 22:18-19.
Thus, when we are having our devotions, scripture study must be an integral part of that discipline. Devotionals are only as good as they drive us to the written Word of God that speaks of the incarnate revelation of God, Jesus Christ. There is absolutely no substitute for reading the Word of God, no cute stories, no clever illustrations and no famous authors can compare to the unpacking of truth that comes via the written Word of God. When the Psalmist says that true success comes from meditation in the Law (Psalm 1:3) he means the Word of God. All of those other tools are just that – tools that must drive us to the written Word of God if they are to be of any value to us.
God doesn’t invite us to waste our time reading a book that has no power. He tells us through the Apostle Paul that 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 competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
When you hold the Bible in your hand, think about that. ALL scripture, breathed out by God and profitable…..for what purpose? That you might be competent, equipped for every good work.
Is that a good enough reason to open your Bible and make it the focal point of your devotions?
In His grip,
Chuck F. Betters
Digging Deeper: Psalm 1, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
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