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::Devotional:: ‘Is The Bible Necessary?’

September 27, 2010

When you get right down to it there are only a few things in this world that we actually need.  We may think we “need” a lot more but truthfully all we really need is food, water, shelter, and companionship.  Those are necessary for our physical survival.  When it comes to our spiritual survival, the first item that we should consider is The Bible.  Is it really necessary and if so why is it so important to a believer?

We’ve been studying through the book of 1 John and looking into the topic of having assurance of our salvation.  Today I wanted to go a bit further to explain that not only is The Bible necessary but it is a required component of our life after salvation.  In fact, like we saw last week in ‘Can You Know You’re Saved‘, it is part of the evidence of true salvation that we need to look for in our lives.

John said that the first evidence we need to look for in our life of true salvation is a desire to know and obey God’s word.

3 And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments. 4 If someone says, “I belong to God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him.  1 John 2:3-5 NLT

John says that a man who claims to be a Christian saying, “I belong to God”, but does not have a desire to know and obey God’s word, “doesn’t obey God’s commandments”, is a liar and the truth is not in him.  Why does the word of God play such a decisive role here?  What is false about his proclamation, “I belong to God” that relates to the word of God?

I’ve identified at least two reasons why the word of God is so decisive in this passage.  We’ll take a look at the first one today.

Reason #1:  It Is Part Of Our Purpose

If someone where to ask you what your purpose on earth as a believer is, the book of Ephesians should come to mind immediately.  Not only does it say that we’ve been saved “…to the praise of his glorious grace…” in Ephesians 1:6, but it also details our purpose.

8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:8-10

Notice the last part of the verse, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  That is our purpose.  We are hand crafted by God, created in Christ Jesus, for the purpose of completing the good works which have been prepared for us to do.  The next question is; what are the good works we’ve been created to complete?

This is where the Bible comes in.  Now that we’ve seen our purpose let’s look at the purpose of God’s word and compare.

16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

In other words, God’s word has been given to equip us for every good work by teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.  Do you see the connection with our purpose now?  We were created to do good works and the Bible has been given to us to equip us for those good works.

Now, why does John call a man a liar if he claims to belong to God yet has no desire to know and obey God’s word?  Because God does not save a man and call him to complete the good works prepared for him without putting a desire in his heart for the only tool that will help him fulfill that purpose; the word of God.  As Mr. Sinatra would put it, “you can’t have one without the other.”

It has taken me the better part of 25 years to discover the importance and purpose of God’s word.  I’ve been saved since I was five years old and I’m thirty now.  Many times along the way I have questioned my salvation, but looking back I can see that the drive that kept me in pursuit of God was a desire to know and obey God’s word even though at the time I’m sure I couldn’t have identified that.  I’m thankful to be able to identify that evidence in my life now.

How about you?  Can you identify a desire to know and obey God’s word in your life?  Maybe it’s there and you just don’t know how to get started.  I can relate to that because I spent many years struggling with how to “get into the word.”  Many people gave that advice, but nobody showed me how to do it.  One great resource that I’ve come across that has helped me is “How To Study the Bible For Yourself” by Tim LayHaye.  Grab a copy this week and start digging into God’s word.  You’ll be amazed at what happens in your life when you line your purpose up with the purpose of God’s word.  The Bible is truly a necessity for the Christian life!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

You can find other great books to help you along The Journey in our Bible Study Resources section.

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