Why did God give us the Bible and what will it do for us? If we read it, the Bible will show us our need for a Savior by demonstrating from examples in both the Old and New Testaments that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). The Bible will also light our way through this dark world by introducing us to Jesus, who said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12). The Bible will show us how much God loves us and what His Son has done for us: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). It will also tell us how to gain everlasting life: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). The Bible will present to us Christ’s grace-filled life, sacrificial death for our sins, triumphant resurrection from the dead, and glorious ascension into heaven.
The Bible will show us our future if we accept God’s offer of salvation. When one of the criminals crucified with Jesus asked to be saved, Jesus said, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43). It says that as soon as a Christian is “absent from the body” he is “present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). But it also warns us that those who reject God’s offer of salvation “shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8). The Bible says that “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Why did God give us the Bible? It’s the only way we can know the living and true God, and Jesus Christ the Savior, who has brought us peace and life everlasting.
Why did God give us the Bible? To bless us now – and forever!
By Larry Ondrejack
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org