Why should I pay attention to what the Bible says?

(Answered on 09/19/2015 Program)

2 Timothy 3:15-17 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.  (NASB)

Definitions:

The Bible’s claim is that it (the scriptures) is inspired by God. That is, wisdom from the very breath of God is useful for life. This passage indicates the wisdom from the Bible leads to salvation for those with faith in Jesus Christ, and that these scriptures can be used to teach, give evidence, to correct, and train how to be righteous. The end goal in looking to the Bible that has these purposes is to equip the hearer to be well prepared for good work.

Romans 1:16-17 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”  (NASB)

Definitions:

  • Gospel: from the Greek euaggelion, meaning “good news”, telling of the message telling about Christ (See Strong’s number G2098)
  • Salvation: from the Greek sōtēria,  meaning “deliverance or safety from harm” (See Strong’s number G4991). The gospel message relates to being saved from the punishment that is due those who break God’s laws (sin)

Paul was bold in teaching the message (gospel) and described it as having the power to bring salvation for those having faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation that is offered to all who choose to believe was spoken about in the first century when the writings of the New Testament began, and also before in the Old Testament times (Paul quotes Habakkuk 2:4) that described those righteous people lived by their faith in God.

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.  (NASB)

Definitions:

Seeing faith is key to salvation, this passage explains one has to hear to acquire faith. Also the word of Christ (God, in some translations), or those things uttered by God help us hear what is needed to believe. So there is something in the message that informs us of what is important in gaining that faith that plays a part in salvation.

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. (NASB)

The word of God has such creative power, with it He spoke (breathed) creation into existence. From this God, we also have His word in the Bible that can have its affect on us.

2 Peter 1:19-21 19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God (NASB)

Definitions:

  • Interpretation: from the Greek word epilyō, meaning “explain or unloosen” (See Strong’s number G1956). This word is used to indicate the origins of those prophecies are from God and not from man who might have his own explanation of truth.
  • Moved by the Holy Spirit: including the Greek words pherō, meaning “carried or influenced by” (See Strong’s number G5342) and pneuma, describing the third person of God (See Strong’s number G4151)

Context: This chapter in 2 Peter reminds those faithful to Jesus Christ of the knowledge God has provided that can keep them fruitful and tells them of their responsibility to diligently mature in their faith. Peter distinguishes between man-made stories and the message he is delivering that is verified by historic prophecy foretelling of Jesus and his being an eye-witness When God the Father in heaven affirmed Jesus was His Son who came for a special purpose.

Peter points out we would “do well to pay attention” to the prophetic word that told of Jesus. He stresses the origins of these words that are like a shining lamp were given by God to men through the the Holy Spirit. These words in the Bible are not the words of men, but those from God who are important to hear.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.  (NASB)

The people here were commended for an attitude recognizing that these words were indeed the word of God and not just the advice of mere men. Jesus also spoke about the value of His words:

John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life. (NASB)

Here we can see that Jesus tells us that there is something vital about His word. They are full of Spirit and life.

Context: Jesus had just finished teaching a crowd of followers with some teaching that were uncomfortable for them to hear and as a result, in the next couple of verses many turned away. This makes the following verses really stand out as it relates to a way of gaining eternal life:

John 6:67-68 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. (NASB)

Even if the words of God are difficult to hear, they are the words of life, indicating they are important as they related to our life that will go on eternally.

1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life

John shows his purpose for writing his letter was so believers could know whether they have eternal life. I certainly want to know.

From these scripture, the Bible is worth paying attention to because they are the words of God that can bring salvation and are useful in life to prepare us for good work. Hearing the words of the Bible can help us to obtain the faith in Jesus Christ who has the words relating to eternal life.