When reading the Bible, I often think back to something one of my favorite professors in seminary used to always say. Dr. Knick used to say – “The two questions we must ask ourselves the most in our readings of scripture are this. First, is it true? And second, if it is true, what does it mean to my life?”
I think on those questions quite often in my reading, in my teaching, and in my preaching. Is it true? And if so, what does it mean to my life? I thought about those questions today when I read the passage for today in 2 Timothy 3: 14-17:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
All Scripture is breathed out by God, and for teaching, to show us the right way, as well as the wrong way that we should not walk down. It is there to prepare us for salvation and to equip us for the calling that we have in Jesus.
It is there to reveal God to us, show us His heart, His way, His plan, His salvation, His purpose. If we want to know God, we have to spend time with His written Word. Let me say that again. If we want to know God fully (and correctly) we have to, we must, spend time in His written Word.
Do I understand it all? No, I do not. But that’s ok. Maybe this is simple and naive, but scripture was not given for me to understand it all, but so that I could order and build my life around it. It was given so that I can better know God, better know my calling, better know my need for God and better know how He would have me to live.
We teach out children these things. And we should remember these things in adulthood. Remember that old song you may have learned as a child? The B.I.B.L.E., yes that’s the book for me?
The older I get, the more I believe that to be true. As John Wesley said – give me that book. I need it for my growth, for my faith, for my life, for my church, for my family, for my very soul. If I want to know God, I’ve got to be spending time with His book.
I heard a preacher say this summer at a Camp Meeting – “God will never know God’s unknown will unless you know His known will (i.e. the Bible).”
Today, if you want to know God, you’ve got to be in the Bible. What a precious gift God has given us. May we drink in deep the waters of Holy Scripture.
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