“Are you Running on Spiritual Fumes?” was the title of a post last week. It spoke to the need of engaging in regular Bible study. We suggested that if you are spiritually sputtering through life, you need to refuel with God’s Word, the Bible.
One of my readers responded with this comment. “Religion is poor people’s shield….Weaker people need a book to depend (on). Why (do) you need a book when the Almighty is here with you?
Here’s why need, not just “a book,” but the book, the Bible.
(1) The Bible is God’s Book.
The Scripture claims to originate from God. Paul affirmed, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17) The word “inspired” means “God breathed.” It denotes divine activity.
Peter penned that “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pet. 1:20-21). And John claimed that his Revelation came from God through the messenger of an angel (Rev. 1:1-3). Indeed as Batsell Barrett Baxter states, “There is ‘an air of infallibility’ about the writings that make up the Bible.”
(2) Only through the Book can we be sure of God’s presence.
The reader claims we don’t need the Bible because the “Almighty is here with you.” But how do you know that? Who told you?
The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth” (Ps 145:18)
The Bible teaches us that “eyes on the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers” (Ps 34:15; 1 Pet 3:12).
(3) Only through the Book can we learn of God’s nature.
The goodness and greatness of God is demonstrated through his personality and attributes. God is love. Merciful. Forgiving. Compassionate. And holy. How do we know? The Bible tells us so! (Eph 2:4; Ps 99:9; Isa 55:7-8; Lev 11:44; Ps 86:15)
(4) Only through the Book can we understand how to be saved from sin.
“What must I do to be saved?” This question is asked and answered in the book of Acts. Without the Book, we know nothing of God’s plan, His purpose in Christ and His offer of peace and pardon through the cross (Eph. 1-2).
(5) Only through the Book can we find a blueprint for Christian living.
The Greatest Commandment to love God, the 2nd greatest command to your neighbor and the golden rule would be unknown without the Book. (Matt 22:37-40; 7:12). Practical guidelines for families, social relationships and citizenship responsibilities are found in the Book.
(6) Only through the Book can we learn of our origin, our purpose and our eternity destiny.
The Book tells the story of creation in Genesis, why we are here on earth in Ephesians and what God has planned for His people for eternity in Revelation. Without it we are groping in darkness and without a clue regarding our purpose.
There are many other reasons for getting into the Book. When we do we will learn the Lord is our shield, not religion (Ps 28:7). And that the Book is able to make weak people strong spiritually through a knowledge of Him (Col. 1:9-14).
That’s why the apostle Paul exhorts us to read what God revealed to him through the Holy Spirit so we can understand His will for us (Eph. 3:1-6)
Thank God for His Book, the Bible!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman