The Bible declares concerning itself, that all Scripture is inspired by God (2nd Timothy 3:16-17). And, in Hebrews 4:12, we’re told that God’s word is “alive” and powerful. Furthermore, Isaiah 55:10-11 states that God’s word does not return void or empty, but that it accomplishes what it says. In other words, you can be assured that when you’re reading the Bible, you are hearing from God; moreover, you can also be sure that God’s word will powerfully work in you to bring your life in accordance with Scripture.
1st Thessalonians 2:13 states that God’s word works effectively in us. In what ways does God’s word “work” in us? Romans 10:17 says that it increases our faith. John 17:17 declares that it sanctifies us. 1st Peter 2:2 proclaims that it makes us grow. Psalm 107:20 tells us that it has a healing influence upon us. Psalm 119:9 states that it cleanses our way. Psalm 119:92 says that God’s law, which is part of His word, keeps us from perishing during times of affliction. Psalm 119:98-100 declares that God’s commandments, testimonies and precepts, which are part of God’s word, make us wiser than our enemies and give us more understanding than our teachers and the ancients. And, Psalm 119:165 states that those who love God’s law, or word, will have great peace.
As you can see, God’s word, the Bible, is a necessity for all sincere Christians. It is our one constant and unfailing source of “truth” in this world (John 17:17; Psalm 119:160). In fact, Psalm 119:89 states that it has been settled in heaven forever. It is also our spiritual weapon, the “sword” of the Spirit, for attacking the enemy (Ephesians 6:17). And, it is our source of guidance, order, direction and enlightenment (Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:133). God’s word also helps to liberate and deliver us, setting us free; Jesus stated that the “truth” sets us free, and He said that God’s word is “truth” ( John 8:32; John 17:17), while Psalms 119:45 says that seeking God’s precepts, which are found in His word, helps us to walk in “liberty”. Furthermore, Psalm 119:11 assures us that putting God’s word in our hearts will help us not to sin.
As previously stated, God’s word, the Bible, is indeed a necessity for all sincere Christians. And, the best thing about the Bible is that it is Christ-centered. Jesus stated that the Scriptures testify of Him (John 5:39). In fact, when teaching two of His disciples after His resurrection, the Bible declares that Jesus expounded about Himself from the writings of Moses, the prophets and all of the Scriptures (Luke 24:27). Also, it is significant that 2nd Corinthians 3:18 says that, as we behold Jesus, we are being changed into His image! So, do we want to become more like Jesus? According to the Bible, we can by beholding Him! And, remember that Jesus stated that the Scriptures reveal Him (John 5:39; Luke 24:27). Therefore, the more time we spend studying God’s word, the more we will become changed into the image of Jesus! Furthermore, according to Scripture, this is God’s predestined will for us. Romans 8:29 proclaims that God predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. So, wouldn’t it be wise for us to resolve to fulfill God’s will for our lives by spending much time in God’s word, and thus being transformed to become more like Jesus?
It is no wonder that the author of the book of Psalms stated that he meditated upon God’s word night and day (Psalm 119:148; Psalm 119:97), and that he stood in awe of it and rejoiced in it as one who finds great treasure (Psalm 119:161-162). It is also not surprising that Paul’s final counsel to Timothy included a command to preach “God’s word”, not “human opinions” and traditions, (2nd Timothy 4:2-4). In fact, in this passage, he warns that the time will come when people will stray from God’s word. Unfortunately, that time is here, as this website clearly documents.
My mission is to exalt God’s word as the only foundation for church doctrine. We cannot honor God while dishonoring and disobeying His word. I’m sure we would all agree that the “name” of God is sacred, and that we should honor His name. In fact, one of the Ten Commandments is that we are not to take the name of the Lord in vain. However, the Bible states that God has even magnified His “word” above His name (Psalm 138:2). Therefore, it would certainly be appropriate for us to honor and magnify His word in our lives by treasuring it, trusting it, thanking Him for it, and by filling our hearts and minds with it on a daily basis.