At The Church we go to, Crawley Community Church, they have been doing a summer series on the Bible. I have really enjoyed the series so far and it got me thinking. What does the Bible say about the Bible, the Word of God? So I took some time looking at Scripture and this is what I came up with. It is not an exhaustive list but it really blessed me!
The Bible, God's Word is God-breathed, useful, it thoroughly equips, it trains, we need to keep His Word. The Word of God stands forever. His Word is worthy of praise! It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. The Word is living, active, sharper than a double edge sword. His Word is a lamp to our feet, a light for our pathway - it gives guidance and clarity. It gives strength, it is trustworthy, it is to be delighted in, it keeps us from shame, it helps us not to sin. It is something to long for, it gives us hope, it causes hearts to tremble. His Word is fruitful, it accomplishes what God wants it to, it gives life, it has an affect on us to the point others will rejoice when they see that affect! His Word is the sword of the Spirit, signs accompany it, His Word should be held on to, it is a pleasure to those who listen to the Lord. It is near us - in our speech and in our hearts. God's Word is the source of life, a source of hope. It is a life changer! It needs to be handled correctly. In obeying the Word God's love is truly made complete in us. It is sent forth by God, it is to be preached, it is for correction, teaching, rebuking, encouragement, is vital to be our source of guidance. It is to be proclaimed, the Word was from the start; from the very beginning. As we come to worship we need to prepare our hearts to hear the Word. Tradition can nullify God's Word in our lives - don't go on what was handed down to you - use His Word as the original source! Worries and worldliness have a direct impact on its fruitfulness. When the Word is in us we can't contain it - it burns in our hearts! God's Word is not to be despised, it should not be rejected. It is fulfilled by the Lord. The Word of God will not expire, cease or pass away - it will stand forever, it is eternal!
Wow! These are the Scriptures I consulted in this summary..... 2 Tim 3:16, 1 Kings 13:21, Luke 21:33, 1 Sam 15:26, Lam 2:17, Numb 15:31, 1 Chron 10:13, Jer 20:9, Mark 4:19, Mark 7:13, Jer 7:2,Ps 107:20, 2 Tim 4:2, 2 Tim 2:15, 1 John 2:5, James 1:18, Matt 4:4, Ps 130:5, Jer 6:10, 2 Thess 2:15, Rom 10:8, Eph 6:17, Mark 16:20, Eph 6:17, Pro 4:4, Is 55:10-11, Ps 119:6, 11, 14, 16, 28, 42, 74, 105, 114, 133, 161, Heb 4:12, Is 40;8, Ps 56:4