I’m sure everybody especially in Christian countries know what the Bible is. To most people, especially in Christian communities, it is a sacred book and a compilation of 66 mini-books comprising of 39 books from the Old Testament and 27 books from the New Testament.
Some people have grown to be familiar of attending Sunday masses hearing the reading of the Word and abiding by the 10 commandments, but surely there has to be something more than that. Let’s start with this: WHY is the Bible that important?
This book created so much controversy that it caused scholars, historians, and archaeologists to dive deeper into their research and expertise. The reason? To prove, and maybe to some extent, disprove the existence of Jesus Christ and all the people written in it.
Let’s cite John 1:1(ESV), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
“In the beginning was the Word…” The “Word” identified by John is Jesus (v.14). Jesus is the hope of this world and the promised Saviour decades ago before He was born in Bethlehem through the virgin Mary. “…and the Word was with God…“, the word “with” indicates an interpersonal relationship with God. “…And the Word was God” affirms that this Word was also in a way, the same God that created the universe.
Certain mysteries wrapped around the Bible are meant to unfold if someone has received Jesus Christ as his/her personal Saviour, acknowledging that apart from Him, all of us cannot do anything to save ourselves from God’s wrath.
How important is the Bible and what does it do?
1.The Word of God reveals who God is
Isaiah 34:16 says, “Seek and read from the book of the Lord: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them.”
Breathed out by God, not just a simple book, but in fact the very Word of God. In search of asking the question about who God is and what His attributes are, the Bible is the greatest revelation ever written.
2. The Word of God strengthens our faith
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” which is then backed-up by Psalm 12:6, “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” The Bible was “…purified seven times“, a metaphor indicating that God’s Word is as good and as real as it is. Books passed down from centuries after centuries of God using people to write His very own words. We cannot grow apart from trusting the Holy Spirit while digesting what we are reading. (Isa.34:16)
3. The Word of God reveals the condition of our hearts
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.“
Most oftentimes than not, I hear Christians say, “It felt like the pastor was referring to me.” Well, chances are it’s not the pastor referring to us, it’s the Holy Spirit convicting us through the preacher who conveyed the Word of God. The Bible is “…discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” It also pierces through the division of soul and of spirit, some things that are revealed that we don’t even know yet. For example, a hidden or unacknowledged sin. Through the reading and proclaiming the Bible, we then learn what is right in front of God and is given a chance to repent of our own sins. That being said, it leads us to the next point.
4. The Word of God teaches us how to repent
James 1:21-23 says, “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.”
In order to successfully live a Christian life, we do not only hearthe Word, we must apply it. Given that through God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, we are convicted of our sins, we must repent afterwards and work towards exercising our faith in deeds. It doesn’t mean that we base our faith by works, but the fruit of our faith should always be seen in our actions.
5. The Word of God is timeless and true
1 Peter 1:25 says, ” ‘But the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” We have a living hope on God’s Word because it never gets ‘outdated’. Good news for all Christians, that our medium of learning and knowing about God is breathed by God Himself. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but His words will remain true even after generations. (Matthew 24:35).
There are a lot of things to learn and verses to cite about how important and vital God’s Word is to a Christian, but all will be meaningless if the reader of the Word does not gain God’s Helper, which is the Holy Spirit. Everything will be in vain, even if we have riches here on earth if we do not know what the Bible says, the very Word of God.
So I encourage you, brothers and sisters, to pray for wisdom and learning that you may receive God’s treasure here on earth: the Bible.
Rizia B. Paragas is the Publications Team Leader of True Love Waits Philippines. She is a mental health advocate that loves singing, reading and writing. Her ideal rest day is appreciating God’s masterpiece through hiking and swimming on deep ocean waters.