AN INFALLIBLE GUIDE
God never changes. Therefore, the revelation of His character in the Bible is unchanging. He has just one plan to save lost human beings, and it can never be altered. Because His will is unchanging, the teaching purpose of the Bible is indispensable. The Word of God calls people everywhere to be saved and obey Jesus as Lord of life. In a world of fluctuation and change, of shifting values and conflicting notions of truth, God’s Word is the only safe moral guide. It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). It tests our experience so that we don’t end up being captive to our shifting feelings. The Bible tells us how to live day by day. It steers us away from the shifting sands of error. It guides us through the perils of the last days. It reminds us that we are sons and daughters of God, created by Him, loved by Him, accepted by Him in Jesus Christ, and destined to live with Him throughout eternity (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). In the Bible we learn of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, our Saviour and Lord. Through spending time with the Bible we are “born again” (1 Peter 1:23) and transformed daily into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Thus, the Bible is our light, our spiritual nourishment, our refuge. Just as it guided God’s people in the past, so it is for us our hearts’ joy and delight (Jeremiah 15:16), our comfort in affliction, our counsel in prosperity, and our hope of eternal life.
When we embark upon a study of the Bible, we must especially keep in mind its unique character. The ordinary methods of study are inadequate for understanding the Bible. Because spiritual things are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14), we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to correctly understand and apply God’s Word to our lives. We must be willing to accept the Bible as the Word of God and ready to receive God’s instruction on its pages. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:7).
God’s invitation to every man and woman is to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). He reveals Himself as the Author of the Bible to every person who opens its pages with a willing heart to learn. The Bible is the living Word of God for your life. God still speaks through its words today.
(For further study: Proverbs 30:5, 6; Isaiah 8:20; John 10:35, 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12)
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