What would Christianity be without the word of its master? About 3.9 billion copies of the Bible have been spread around the world, and it has been translated into more than 3,000 languages and dialects. Throughout the ages, countless people have written to highlight the meaning of Scripture, I mean, to bring understanding about the word, but still what the Bible tells us about itself is all that matters.
God’s own word
Some writers have called the Bible God’s love letter to us. Others have described it as being a manual for life, but more than that, it is God’s revelation to us (John 1:1-5). Scripture is God’s Word to mankind. It is inspired by God, which means that every word and part of the manuscript comes from God: “For all Holy Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, condemning error, correcting faults and teaching the right way of life. And this so that the servant of God may be thoroughly prepared and ready to do all kinds of good deeds,” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible is also inerrant, meaning that every word in every part of its original, handwritten stage is without error (2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
The Bible reveals the character of God!
The importance of the Bible is that it gives us the opportunity to see and know God. The Scriptures reveal His character and nature, His sovereignty and power, and His reason for creating us, the universe, and everything in it. We read about God’s dealings with mankind, His goodness and grace, His light and love, His holiness and justice, and His mercy and compassion.
The Bible reveals God’s desire from the beginning to have a people of His own (Leviticus 26:12). In it, we learn about the perfect fellowship that humans once had with God in paradise, and how it was broken by sin and disobedience. But through the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven. Through it we discover that God desires to redeem us and restore us to a right relationship with Himself (Romans 5:1-11, 18-19). Through reading God’s Word, we can understand the purpose of our lives as well as God’s plans from the beginning of time to all eternity, thus the Bible gives meaning to our existence (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 2:10).
The book that gives life
“For you, by the living and eternal word of God, have been born again as children of a Father who is immortal and not of mortal parents” (1 Peter 1:23).
The importance of the Bible is that it is a book that gives life. God’s Word is living and powerful, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and cuts sharper than any sharp sword on either side. It goes to the deepest place of soul and spirit, it goes to the inmost part of people and judges the desires and thoughts of their heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The God who wants to redeem us has given His Word the power to reveal to us JESUS, through whom we are saved (2 Timothy 3:15).
The truth purifies
The Bible can not only save us, but it can also sanctify us: “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth and now that you have a sincere love for the brethren in the faith, love one another with all your strength and with a pure heart” (1 Peter 1:22). God’s word gives us the power to defeat sin and bring our thoughts to spiritual obedience to God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
The importance of the Bible is that it shows us the will of God. By obeying what the Lord says in the Bible, we can keep ourselves pure (Psalm 119:9,11). Meditating on the teachings of Scripture will prosper us spiritually and bring us blessings and true success in life (Joshua 1:8; James 1:25).
The Bible contains essential wisdom and guidance to make our way through life: “Your word is a lamp to guide my steps, a light to lighten my path” (Psalm 119:105). We cannot underestimate the importance of consuming it regularly, for it is the fuel of our spiritual life (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:1-4). God’s Word equips and enables us to serve Him (2 Timothy 3:17; Hebrews 4:12), and we can wield it as our greatest weapon against our adversaries, the devil, and the powers of darkness (Ephesians 6:17).
…but my words will last forever
The Word of God is eternal: “The grass withers, the flower falls, but the word of our God endures forever” (Isaiah 40:8). Truth is eternal: “All your words are true; your commandments are righteous and last forever” (Psalm 119:160). So, finally, there is no doubt about the importance of the Bible, and to close with a golden key: “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever” (Matthew 24:35).
God bless you!
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