The Bible has been described as the Best Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Written over 4,000 years by 40 human authors, it is also divinely inspired and therefore God’s words to us.
Paul predicts what the world will be like in these last days (the time before Jesus returns). People will be lovers of themselves – evidenced by how many selfies are posted online; Lovers of money – we live in such a materialistic culture; boastful and proud, abusive; disobedient to their parents. Ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will have a form of godliness but deny its power – like the Mormons.
The answer in Paul’s view is in v15 – being acquainted with the Scriptures, which make us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus. The Bible is God breathed, so while it was written by human hands it was fully God inspired. It teaches us, it reproves us by showing where we are getting it wrong. It corrects us and trains us for righteousness. And it does that so we will be competent and equipped for serving the Lord in all that we do at work, rest and play.
The Bible is a collection of 66 books. Everything is about Jesus, It points to our need of Jesus, shows us Jesus and how to live in the light of what Jesus has done for us. It contains poetry, history, prophecy and correspondence to churches. It was written for us to know God better.
Pray: thank God for his Word and ask the Spirit to guide your reading.
Recommended extra reading
How to read the Bible for all its worth (Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart)
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