Theme of the Week: The God Who Still Speaks
Bible Verse: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Creation reveals God’s glory, but it doesn’t tell us much about God’s character — his holiness or his love, for instance. God can use people’s words, but people often say unhelpful things too.
When it comes to gaining wisdom, there’s one reliable source we can turn to: God’s Word.
Paul told Timothy that the “sacred writings” were “able to make you wise for salvation.” He was referring at the time to the Old Testament, which Philip Yancey calls “the Bible that Jesus read.”1 I sometimes hear people say they find the Old Testament less interest-ing than the New Testament, but Paul spoke highly of it. It points us to Jesus. It shows us what we need to be right with God.
Now that we have the New Testament as well, we have what God wants us to know. We have an unfailing source of wisdom, showing us what we need to be right with God.
God speaks through creation, and he sometimes speaks through other people, but he speaks very clearly through his Word, the Bible.
If we want to live well in this world, fulfill his purpose for our lives, and enjoy a relationship with him, we must hear God’s Word through Scripture.
1Yancey, Philip, The Bible Jesus Read: Why the Old Testament Matters, Zondervan.
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