“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16 NIV)
All scripture in the Bible is from God, confirmed by his son, Jesus Christ, and validated over time by the Church fathers. Scripture instructs us about life, existence, purpose, truth and all that is important.
For many years I have made scripture a part of my daily prayer time with the Lord at the start of the day. After experiencing a renewal of the Holy Spirit in my life more than forty years ago, I had an intense desire to read the Bible. I started to read it from cover to cover as I commuted on the trains in and out of New York City each day. As with many people who have experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the words seemed to leap off the page with meaning.
Psalm 119, the longest of the psalms, spends its entire length extolling all that God’s word is and does for us.
- “Your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors.” (v. 24)
- “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (v.105)
- “Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.” (v. 111)
- “Through all generations your truth endures.” (v. 90)
- “Lovers of your teaching have much peace.” (v. 165)
Proverbs says “Every word of God is flawless.” (James 30:5) James exhorts us, “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” (James 1:22) The Gospel of John tells us that God’s word became flesh in the person of Jesus “and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)
God’s promise is indeed to dwell in us if we invite him in. “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23) Imagine that! The God and creator of all that exists and his son want to make their dwelling in us! It’s all in the Good Book. Wherever we may be with God’s word, God says, Go deeper!
Jesus says he is standing outside the door of our hearts knocking, waiting for us to open the door. (Rev. 3:20)
Want to know more about Jesus? Read scripture and you will learn who he is. Invite him into your heart, and you will come to know him personally.