Word of God

As a guide for our lives, the Bible is paramount. God would be unknown to us, Calvary would only be known to its few personal witnesses, and the Holy Spirit would only be known to a few if it were not for the Word of God. No wonder David declared, “For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psalm 138:2).

God’s Word is the final authority by which we judge our lives, sermons, doctrines, organizational rules, spiritual gifts, and the will of God. Nothing bears rule and authority above the Word of God! It is the lone standard by which all else will be judged. Tradition pales and falls before the truth of Scripture. Thus we must make the Bible the focal point of our lives. The following passages demonstrate the value of God’s Word:

  1. All Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) and is profitable for:
    1. Doctrine
    2. Reproof
    3. Correction
    4. Instruction in righteousness
  2. God’s Word is like rain and snow coming down. It gives bread to the eater and seed to the sower (Isaiah 55:9-11).
  3. Studying and rightly dividing the Word of God is a command to all (2 Timothy 2:15).
  4. God’s Word was written for the following reasons, along with many more not mentioned here:
    1. That we might believe (John 20:31).
    2. That we might be admonished (1 Corinthians 10:11).
    3. That we may know we have eternal life (1 John 5:13).

We must never measure ourselves by someone else or some other rule or measuring devise other than the Bible. (See our courses on “The Importance of the Word of God” and “How to Study the Bible Systematically” for an in-depth discussion of the importance of the Word of God. )