The Trustworthy Word: The Importance of the Bible for Christian Living

In the bible God reveals who he is to humankind, by the very nature of the fact that God is the one inspires it we are taught that it is trustworthy.

The Bible is made up of sixty-six books written by diverse authors but all contributing to the way god wanted to reveal himself. The wonder of the Bible is that God used the personalities of different authors to show who he is. Peter’s writing style is very different from that of Paul or John, the Psalms add much to our understanding of the grace of God in poetic form. Each of the diverse writing styles is used to show the character of the God of holy love.

The grace of God is a key to understanding the scriptures, god was not obliged to reveal himself to those who had rebelled against him and who deserved eternal death. Yet in his great love for us, he shows us from the very first book of the bible to the very last that he is a God of grace.

The bible when it is checked out is historically reliable and has never been shown to be false in any way, there has been much work done in demonstrating the bibles accuracy and I will not repeat those discussions here.

Jesus also affirmed the authority of scripture in his preaching and especially in his temptations when he said “it is written” even the devil understood that Jesus was asserting the divine authority of scripture.

We see in the Bible a book that speaks to our deepest needs, a book that shows that salvation is all of God’s grace. we see God’s grace at work in the exodus, he saves his people from bondage and then he gives his people his law to show them how a redeemed people should live. They did not do anything to earn salvation.

The Bible is a powerful book because it reveals the character of God, there are no contradictions to be found amongst the authors, which considering the span of time and the diversity of the authors backgrounds is simply amazing. There can only be one explanation of this and that is the divine inspiration of the Word of God.although the questions about historical accuracy are important, we must realize that the main reason we trust the bible is because of its divine nature. the Bible is not first of all a textbook but rather a book that speaks to us of the graciousness of a holy God. When we open the Bible we should treat it with the respect that it deserves and not misuse it. One of the most frequent abuses of the Bible is to take a verse out of context and try to make it say something that it does not. We need to look to the Holy Spirit to illuminate the word he has given. Psalm 119 show us how to use the Bible with reverent and submissive hearts.

As we submit to the word of God we will find time and time again that the promises of God are true, that what he says about living the Christian life is true wisdom. We need to return to the trustworthy word of God as our sole authority in all matters of life and godliness.

About pneumaandlogos

David Rollings was born in Luton in1949 and raised by my Christian parents in the Gospel Standard Strict Baptist denomination( Hyper-Calvinistic} in the sixties I rebelled against this background and got involved in left-wing politics. I became a Christian in 1969 and soon started reading Francis Schaeffer's books and came to embrace a Christian Worldview. I had the privilege of being on the staff of L'Abti Fellowship from1975 - 1979. After L'abri I studied at London School of Theology where I gained my BA.(1983) A few years later I studied for my MA by distance learning with The Nazarene Theological College Manchester (1999) For the last 25 years, I have been an elder of Shoreham-by-Sea Baptist Church. I also regularly attend the Christian Doctrine Study Group of the Tyndale Fellowship.
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