What is the Function of the Bible? Part 1

sideways house-001We are working through the “Abundant Life Series” (here is a link to the beginning posts) and I am doing a lot of scripture build up with you. By the end of this series you will know that you know that you can have the abundant life too.

Did you know that if you’re building a house you have to have a plan. Architects and construction workers work together to measure, gain perspective, remeasure, and correct the wrong measurements to fit the pieces of your home together. In fact, there are thousands of measurements that occur before the house is completed. We are spending our time studying how to build an abundant life. We need to know what the measurements are first, then the remeasuring then the correction of wrong measuring.

Our last post established that the Bible is the Word of God and it is authored by God. Next let’s look at what the function of it is. God took time to write it all down and then made sure its manuscripts; which number into the thousands, were protected and found by the right people. So why did He do it? What was the purpose?

We have a verse that will tell us.

“All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Wow. The Word is our measuring stick. The first step to notice is the scripture from Genesis to Revelations is profitable. Isn’t that awesome? It keeps you gaining instead of losing. Building versus tearing down. I could stop right there but let’s go on. There are three areas it is profitable in.

1. Doctrine: which is the right way to believe.

2. Reproof: which is to rebuke at the places where we are not believing rightly.

3. Correction: which puts us back to right believing.

All these three put together is the “instruction in righteousness.”

What an incredible truth! There are many who would say that the word of God is a book of contradictions and errors. They come to the Word with their doubts, and skepticism hoping to disprove it. Here it plainly says that the Word of God is profitable for doctrine which is right believing. The Word tells us how to believe. We do not bring the Word down to our level of disbelief and doubt, we raise ourselves to the level of the truth of the Word. As the Word of God was first given, it was pure and accurate. As men have come to it errors propounded through the ages. Most importantly the Word of God was not written for the unbeliever, the agnostic or the God rejectors. It was written for those who want to find answers. It was written for those who want to tap into the resources of the more abundant life. The unbeliever comes from outside the Word with all their critics and has no footing within the Word. He has nothing to stand on because the Word has already judged him.

The Bible was written as an anchor to the believer and something that he can keep from being blown about with every wind of doctrine and ideology.

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39

The scriptures tell us how to rightly believe about Jesus Christ and about God.

“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.” John 17:8

Jesus gave them the Words God gave him.

“I have given them thy word; ” John 17:14a

Jesus gave them the Word of God.

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17

And the Word of God is truth. Are you seeing the scripture build up? Isn’t it awesome? Jesus was a testimony to the Word of God. Eventually we have to decide that it is doctrine, right believing, for our lives.

What else does the scripture do besides giving us right believing?

Number two is reproof on our list above. Wow. The Word of God is profitable for reproof. Does it say an elder of the church is supposed to reprove us? How about a fellow family member? Reproof is to come from the Word of God. It is designed and profitable for that. Not man. (Ohhh boy I’m ruffling feathers now.) Can you hear about what the Word says through a man? Sure, but then you need to go back to the Word for the final say. The Word is our standard of living. Not men.

There are things that I allow that others would condemn. There are things others would allow that I would condemn. Where’s the line?

“Hast thou faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Happy [is] he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” Romans 14:22

I’ve been around people who didn’t like that I wore pants during a presentation. So I put on a skirt and had others offended by the skirt length (below the knees or below the ankles, which is right?) and then the jacket I chose. If we let this go on for too long, I’d be down to my skivies and offend a lot more folks. Now, I go to God and let the reproof come from Him.

Tomorrow we’re going to cover #3 and the purpose behind why God gave us these three powerful tools in measuring this abundant life. Also we’ll cover why are they so important and why do they help us in every area of life.

God Bless You Today!

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