But for Christians, we are sanctified by God’s Holy Word. At first, the purpose of learning the Scriptures was to make us wise unto salvation. On the road to Emmaus as Jesus was speaking to two individuals …
Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
You can learn about Christ even in the Old Testament. It takes a little bit of searching. But it's there. Just read Isaiah 53, for example. It talks all about Jesus Christ, but it says it makes you wise unto salvation. You can learn from the Bible that it is by faith in Christ that one receives eternal life; no works can be added to what Christ has done. His cross is completely sufficient in and of itself to save us.
Remember that the Bible comes from God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says the Bible is “God-breathed” or inspired by God. 2 Peter 1:21 says “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” God authored the Bible the same way a secretary might write letters for his boss. The boss might not always dictate every single word, but the secretary knows the thoughts to write down. So too, the authors of the Bible were informed by God to write down scriptures even if they were not told every single word. They knew what God wanted and God brought about His Book.
God’s word can do something deep inside of you. It can change your life radically if you allow Him to speak to you. Since it's all written by God, it all can affect you if you read it and study it. There's something for you no matter what you're going through. No matter the problems, the perils, the tribulations, or the trials - there's something in here that can help you get through it. Continue to read and study and have faith that you can walk this journey of life with Jesus by your side.
This devotional has been adapted from the message, Not Just Another Book, preached by Pastor Dr. Doug Mann from 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
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