Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
The Bible is a written historical record of God’s dealings with mankind. In its pages He reveals Himself to us, tells us about His plans for us and teaches us about sin and righteousness, heaven and hell, salvation and eternal life. He explains our spiritual plight and supplies the remedy. Everything we need to know to bring us to a saving knowledge of Christ will be found within its covers. It is able to build us up spiritually by correcting, guiding, comforting and encouraging us. And it is more than adequate when it comes to safeguarding us against spiritual deception.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16, KJV).
The Bible is the perfect standard of truth by which we can judge or test all other spiritual teachings. Jesus said, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). When Paul first preached Christ to the Jews at Berea, they tested everything he said against the scriptures. Because Christ’s life and all that had happened to Him was exactly as had been prophesied by the Old Testament prophets, Paul’s preaching passed the test, and many of those folk came to salvation. (c/f Acts 17:10-12).
When the Lord Jesus was in the wilderness, Satan tempted Him to take the route of self-service, fame and popularity rather than the way of suffering that lay before Him. But He countered this spiritual attack with thrusts from the Sword of the Spirit, quoting from the written Word of God (c/f Ephesians 6:17). This exposed Satan’s temptation for what it was, and he was defeated (c/f Matthew chapter 4). On the other hand, Eve allowed Satan to persuade her that what God had said wasn’t true. Consequently, we now live in a fallen, suffering world (c/f Genesis chapter 3).
Truth always stands the test of time. It never changes. Because God’s Word is truth, we can rest assured that it will be trustworthy and reliable eternally. It will never fail us. It serves us just as well today as it did when it was first written, and will continue to do so in the future. The Psalmist said: “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89, KJV).
The apostle Peter expressed it this way: “… For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word by which the gospel is preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:24-25, KJV)
We live in a decadent culture, where the word integrity has very little meaning. Dishonesty, deception, corruption, unfaithfulness, promiscuity and sexual perversion are accepted as the norm. But the Word of God throws its light on the true values in life and teaches us spiritual wisdom. It shows us the right way to live and keeps us from stumbling spiritually. Like the Psalmist says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105, KJV)
The Bible pictures God’s Word as imperishable seed that blossoms into eternal life. Peter put it like this: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23, KJV)
Although we’re saved through faith in Christ, we can’t generate that faith ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to God’s Word, and this generates faith:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17, KJV)
However, if we’re not prepared to accept that the Bible is God’s infallible truth, then saving faith in the biblical Jesus will remain out of our grasp. Remember Christ’s parable about the seed of the Word of God that fell on hard and infertile soil? (Matthew 13:3-9)
When we look into the Bible, we see ourselves as God sees us. It reveals where our spiritual lives need attention. And the apostle James encourages us to act on what the Bible has shown us about ourselves. Otherwise we’ll be like the person who sees his reflection in a mirror, but then as soon as he turns from it, he forgets what a mess he’d looked (James 1:22-24).
The Bible is like a spiritual scalpel in the hands of a divine surgeon. Powerful and probing, it cuts right through all our layers of spiritual blindness, misconceptions, prejudices and self-justification, and reveals the malignancy of sin and rebellion that is embedded deep down inside us.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12-13, KJV)
God’s Word is like warm, soapy, spiritual water. Regular applications of its truths wash away the grubby marks of sin that tarnish our lives. Paul said: “… Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27, KJV)
The Word of God is our source of spiritual nourishment. Jesus said that “… Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, KJV)
If we are to grow in our faith and become spiritually strong and healthy, we need a steady diet of God’s Word.
The following verses were written by ordinary people like you and me. They tell us something of what the Bible has meant to them.
“I have treasured Your Word in my heart that I may
not sin against You.
Your testimonies are my delight; they are my councilors.
This is my comfort in my affliction; that Your Word has revived me.
I have more insight than all my teachers because I meditate on Your testimonies.
How sweet are Your words to my taste, yes sweeter than honey to my mouth.
I rejoice at Your Word as one who finds great treasure.
Your Words were found, and I ate them. They became for me a joy, and the delight of my heart. For I have been called by Your name, oh Lord God of Hosts.”
(Psalm 119:11, 24, 50, 99, l03, 162, Jeremiah 15:16.)
The following article provides proof of the Bible’s reliability: Is the Bible Trustworthy?
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