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::Devotional:: ‘Is The Bible Necessary? – Part 2’

September 29, 2010

I believe wholeheartedly that you can tell a lot about a Christian by how they interact with their Bible.  Daily study equates to daily growth and strength.  A Bible that sits on the shelf belongs to man who has little understanding of his faith and how to daily walk in the Lord.  Dusty Bibles are usually evidence of dirty lives.  The Bible is a critical component not only in the life of a believer but as evidence of their true salvation.

The Bible is an important component in our life after salvation.  In fact, John says that how we view the Bible is evidence of whether or not we are truly saved.  Salvation brings forth a desire in a man’s heart to know and obey God’s word.  Yesterday we looked at Reason #1 – It is part of our purpose, and saw that we were created in Christ to do good works and the Bible has been provided to correct, teach, rebuke, and train us in order that we may equipped for that good work.  Today we are going to examine the second reason.

Reason #2 – It is part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

True salvation brings forth the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within a man.  It is a supernatural occurrence and he comes with a supernatural purpose.  Man’s purpose is to glorify God and the Holy Spirit’s purpose is to shape man according to the will and the word of God in order for him to do so.

Jesus explained to his disciples that once he left this earth after his death he would not leave them alone because the Father would send the Holy Spirit to them.

And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:16-18

He further explained to his disciples about the ministry of the Holy Spirit a few chapters later in John 16.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.  John 16:12-15

Notice that Jesus said that the Spirit of truth will “guide you into all truth.”  That begs the question of truth.  In other words, what truth will the Holy Spirit guide us into?  Again we can look to words of Jesus in the Gospel of John to find out.

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  John 17:15-17

What is truth?  Jesus said that the word of the Father is truth.  The Bible is the word of the Father.  Part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to guide us into all truth, the word of the Father, the Bible.  Therefore, a man who has been truly saved and has received the Holy Spirit is going to have a desire to know and obey the word of God because the Holy Spirit within him is purposed to do so.

Do you have a desire for God’s word?  Are you in the habit of measuring your life according to the word of the Lord and making the necessary adjustments?  Are you convicted by the word in certain areas of your life and encouraged by the word in others?  If so, then you’ve been able to identify evidence of your salvation.  That’s what’s supposed to be happening.  If not, then it’s time to make your salvation a top priority.   Visit my “How Do I Become A Christian” page and make the conscious decision to accept Christ’s free gift of salvation today.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

One Comment leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    September 29, 2010 3:43 pm

    Some people live for worldly things and don’t take time to pick up the bible and read God’s word. When they do read the Bible their mind is on other things and not God’s word.

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