Why is so much emphasis placed on the Bible?
Here is the claim that the Bible makes of scripture:
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
God reveals Himself in scripture
The Bible is one of the ways that God has chosen to reveal Himself to humankind. In the verse above from 2 Timothy, it says “All Scripture is God-breathed.” This is another way of saying that the entire Bible was inspired by God. People wrote the words on the scrolls, but God inspired the thoughts which led to the words. The implications of this claim are huge! The words in that book were “breathed” through the humans who wrote them, from God. Therefore, everything that the Bible claims is reliable and absolutely true–information and instruction from the One who created everything and knows everything. When I say that the Bible is “absolute truth,” I mean that whatever the intended meaning was when the words were written is without error.
Some of the books of the Bible are written to record history, some were written as poetry, some were written as biographies and some were written as letters to specific people in unique circumstances. But regardless of writing style or circumstances, you can trust that the truth of the message is still reliable today. You will find the more you study the Bible–even though it was written by 40 different people over a span of 1500 to 2000 years–has amazing unity in its message. The reason for this is simple; because it was all inspired by one source. God reveals Himself through the Bible.
Scripture is useful to us in many ways
Notice that the verse above states that the message in the Bible is useful for:
- Rebuking, showing you what is wrong in your life
- Training in righteousness
God impacts us in each of those ways even today, through the message that is written down in the Bible. This is why so much emphasis is placed on the Bible. In church, you will find that most of the sermons you hear will have a pattern something like this:
Introduce and read a passage from the Bible. Then, answer the following three questions about the passage:
- What did this mean when it was written?
- What does this mean now?
- What does this mean to me?
The third question may not be answered for you, but you can answer for yourself with assistance from the Holy Spirit. We will talk about the Holy Spirit in another post. I hope this is useful for you. Feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.
The Bible is also commonly referred to as Scripture (as seen in the verse above), God’s Word, or simply The Word.
Righteousness is a measure of being morally right or justified. In Christianity, being righteous means you have the right to stand before God without condemnation. This isn’t achieved by you being good, but it is given to you if you receive the forgiveness that Jesus offers.