The BIBLE is our ‘SPIRITUAL GPS’ to NAVIGATE through LIFE: "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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
The above passage affirms that the Bible is the ultimate authority for Christian faith and practice. It is crucial to interpret the Bible in light of its overall context, and we can distill six important truth statements concerning the Bible:
- The entire Bible is inspired by God: God is the source and ultimate author of the Bible. Although the Bible has been written by 40 different human authors over a combined period of 1500 years, yet it has the full weight of God’s authority. The words in the Bible are “God-breathed” (2 Pet. 1:21), verbally inspired, infallible and originates from God Himself. The human authors of the Bible did not give their own private interpretation of things, but wrote the message which was given to them by God.
- The Bible is useful to establish doctrine: “For doctrine” means ‘to cause others to understand God’s truth’. The Bible sets forth the wisdom from the mind of God and is the only standard of God’s truth for us to teach and follow.
- The Bible is useful for getting reproofs: “For reproof” means ‘to tell one what is wrong’. Reproof is conviction. As we read the Bible, it speaks to us pointedly concerning those things in our lives which are displeasing to God. It helps us to refute error and respond to Satan’s temptation.
- The Bible is useful for getting corrections: “For correction” means ‘to tell how to set something straight’. The Bible not only points out what is wrong but sets forth the way in which it can be made right.
- The Bible is useful for getting righteous instructions: “For instruction in righteousness” means ‘to tell one how to live right before God’. Instruction refers to the process of training a child and guide in the ways of right living that God’s truth reveals. The Bible teaches us to live godly lives as it details the things which go about to make up a godly life.
- Finally, the Bible will equip us for every good work: God’s inspired Word, properly used and applied, provides all we need for life and ministry. In God’s Word, God’s servants have all that is essential to fulfill their ministry.
"The Scripture is thus absolutely incomparable; no other book, library, or anything else in the world is able to make a lost sinner wise for salvation; no other scripture, since it lacks inspiration of God, whatever profit it may otherwise afford, is profitable for these ends: teaching us the true saving facts—refuting the lies and the delusions that deny these facts —restoring the sinner or fallen Christian to an upright position—educating, training, disciplining one in genuine righteousness."