Friday, 19 February 2010

The role of the bible

Robert M. Baker states that: "Christians believe that God's Word is the truth, divinely inspired and inerrant." God brings His Word to us through the Scriptures. And though that is definitely not the only way in which He communicates to His children, He never will contradict the scriptures in anything He says. For "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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2Tim 3:16,17)
And how precious and profitable the scriptures is in a time like this!, with so many voices and subjective feelings, so we can be able to discern the truth from the lie.
The message of Christianity is centered around the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as the great plan of God to redeem a sinful world unto Himself. When Paul was confronted with Gnosticism in Corinth he reacted to this in his letter by saying: (1Cor 2:2-5) “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”
Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts. A.W. Tozer

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