“Overview of the Bible”
The Bible is filled with timeless principles, clear instruction and relevant examples of living a balanced, fulfilled and blessed life as a Christian. In fact, God’s Word never has, nor ever will become irrelevant, regardless of changing times and seasons, and is available to prepare and equip us to accomplish God’s purpose for our lives.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so… that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible can be thought of as an intimate written expression of God, and all that He represents to mankind. Below are some points to help define what this means:
1 – The Bible is God’s tangible expression of love. It speaks of His attributes and character, His communication and commands, and ultimately His full expression of love for every person that has ever lived.
2 – The Bible is God-breathed. While the 66 books of the Bible were physically written by many authors, each person was directly inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to write what they wrote.
3 – The Bible is God’s authority for our lives. Finally, because the Bible is God’s “letters” to mankind, and the writings contained within are God-breathed, His Word carries the same authority over our lives as God Himself.
God’s Word is one of the most important foundations of our spiritual growth and maturity in God. In order to fully allow the seeds of God’s Word to flourish in our lives, we need to plant those seeds by reading it, developing our understanding of it, and then applying it to our lives.