Why Did God Write the Bible?
Last week we started a two-part talk on the Bible and I did not write a blog post on it (I blame it on moving). The specific question addressed was "How did the Bible come to be in the form it is today?" A great summary of what we talked about can be found in this video.
As for yesterday, we talked about why God chose to compose the Bible (through the authors) and why it is important. Brandon from Riverside gave us three reasons why:
1. The Bible is important because it is the primary way God has chosen to communicate with us
Throughout the biblical times God chose to speak with people through multiple ways. In the Old Testament he only spoke to the nation of Israel and he did this through prophets, dreams, visions, or an audible voice (like in the burning bush or on Mt. Sinai to Moses). In the New Testament he spoke to people through visions (Acts 10:9-20), through an audible voice (Matthew 3:17; 17:5), and through angels (Luke 1:11-38). Many people who received this visions and dreams or heard God's voice or were visited by angels were inspired to write down their experiences in what we now have as the Bible. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the primary source of God's Word to us. This does not mean that God does not still speak through dreams, visions, and other ways still today but it does mean that we always need to double check what we think God is saying to us by looking at the Bible. God's message to us will never contradict what the Bible says.
2. The Bible is important because it is alive
In the modern era there have been one hundred and thirty million books written (give or take a million) and yet the Bible is completely different from all of them. How? Because it is a living book. Through the power of his Spirit God speaks to us continually through the Bible. You could read a passage of Scripture once and God could say something to you through it and then read it a second time and he might say something else through it. I'm not much of a rereader. When I read a book once I typically cannot pick it up again for a few years but the Bible is completely different. I try to read the majority of it once every year and new things continually stand out to me. This is because it is alive. Since it is alive it means that it can give us new life. I find that when I am regularly reading my Bible I feel more alive than when I go through a period of not reading it. It gives life because it is alive!
3. The Bible is important because it is a guide book to life
Jesus tells the people, "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life" (John 10:10 NLT). The Bible shows us how to live that rich and satisfying life. The Bible tells the story of Jesus. Jesus is the perfect revelation of who God is. Not only that but Jesus is the perfect revelation of how we as humans were created to be. Living a rich and satisfying life means living in a way that we were created to be. We read the Bible and get a picture of what it means to be human. By following Jesus and obeying what he commands we live closer to how we were meant to live and begin living a rich and satisfying life.