The Bible Tells Me So?

The word of God is living and active.
–Hebrews 4:12

An atheist was mountain climbing when his foot slipped, and he began to slide toward his death. He managed to grab a tree branch, but he knew it wouldn’t hold him for long. In desperation, he looked up toward heaven and said, “Is there anybody up there who can help me?” To the atheist’s surprise, a voice boomed from heaven, “Yes, I can help you. But first, you must let go of the branch.” The atheist thought for a moment and said, “Is there anybody else up there who can help me?”

There are a lot of Christians today who want to hear from God about a particular dilemma. But even though God has already answered their question in His Word, they’re not satisfied with that. They want a fresh word from God. The fact is, much of God’s will has already been revealed to us in His Word. This week, we’re going to talk about what God’s Word can and cannot do when it comes to discovering God’s purpose for your life.

It’s important to understand what the Bible is. First of all, the Bible is God’s perfect revelation. That means every word in the Bible can be trusted. Consider what Peter said about the truthfulness of God’s Word in 2 Peter 1:21: “No prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” Though God used men and their individual personalities to communicate His message, all Scripture was initiated by God Himself.

Second, the Bible is God’s complete revelation. Look at Jude verse 3: “I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Jude said there is a body of doctrine called the faith, and it has been delivered–past tense. God is not giving new information about Himself. Everything you need to know about God, Jesus Christ, heaven, hell, and salvation is contained in the Bible.

Third, the Bible is God’s living revelation. I might believe the dictionary is accurate and complete. But how likely am I to start reading the dictionary, expecting it to minister to me? Not likely. The dictionary is not living, and that’s what distinguishes the Bible from every other book. Hebrews 4:12 says, “The word of God is living and active.” Commentator William Newell put it this way: “The Word of God is always doing something to those who hear or read it!” And the Bible is the primary way we discover God’s will for our lives.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “The Bible Tells Me So?” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

William R. Newell, Hebrews: Verse-by-Verse (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1995), 136.

Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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