The Bible: God’s book!

“All Scripture is given by inspiration from God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness, so that the man ( meaning ‘mankind’) of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
( 2Timothy 3:16-17).
This verse is a great one to memorise because it reminds us that our relationship with God grows
and deepens through spending time in the Bible.
Why? Because it is God - breathed.
In other words, it’s God speaking to us and guiding us through life into eternity.
It is the inspired Word of God Himself- to us!
Of course, we understand that the Bible was written by men.
For example: Moses wrote the first five books (Genesis to Deuteronomy);
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John relate the events of Jesus’ life on earth from His birth to His Ascension;
Luke wrote the book of Acts and Peter, Paul, James and John wrote the latter Epistles and Revelation.
However, it is vitally important to remember that our God ‘breathed’ His Words to each man’s heart,
mind and understanding, resulting in the 66 books of the Bible.
God is omnipresent (ie. present everywhere and outside time);
He is omniscient ( all knowing) and He is omnipotent ( all powerful) - therefore His Word,
the Bible, is a vital lifeline for our relationship with Him.
This same verse then explains to us that the Bible is useful to us for:
1. Teaching:
eg. Jesus teaches us how to pray The Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11:1-13.
2. Rebuking:
Psalm 94:12 says, “Blessed is the man who You instruct O Lord and teach out of Your law.”
3. Correcting:
Proverbs 3:12
“For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a Father the son in whom he delights.”
4. Training in righteousness:
Micah 6:8 “He has shown you O man what is good and what does the Lord require of you - but to act justly,
to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

A jazzy jingle often taught to children in Sunday school says,
The best book to read is the Bible!
If you read it every day It will help you on your way - oh...
The best book to read is the Bible!
Now that’s a very good plan!
God bless,

Pr. Alex and Dee Valich