Scripture is the sole instrument through which God has chosen to convict, convert, counsel, and comfort believers. It is the chief instrument through which God has revealed his character to the world. The Bible is a living book (Hebrews 4:12a), full of divine and supernatural life, the very life of God himself. All other books are collections of dead words but not the Bible. Martin Luther said,
The Bible is alive, it speaks to me. It has feet, it runs after me. It has hands, it lays hold of me.”
Thus, the Bible is always relevant, always fresh, never obsolete, and never stagnant.
So powerful is the Bible that it is a discerner of our hearts, possessing a living insight into our inner lives. Scripture contains a supernatural capacity to cut into the innermost recesses of a soul, penetrating far deeper than felt needs which lie on the surface. Only the Word can reveal the depths of human depravity and, in turn, lead to the true knowledge of God. Only the Word can convert the lost human soul to God (1 Peter 1:23).
Furthermore, only the Word of God can sanctify a believer and transform him into the image of Christ. There can be no spiritual growth in our lives apart from the Word of God.
Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you, put away all evil, deception, envy, and fraud. Long to grow up into the fullness of your salvation; cry for this as a baby cries for his milk. (1 Peter 2:2-3)
One characteristic all children share is that they want to grow up – to be like an older sibling or like their parents. When we are born again, we become spiritual newborn babies. If we are healthy, we will yearn to grow. How sad it is that some people never grow up.
The need for milk is a natural instinct for a baby, and it signals the desire for nourishment that will lead to growth. Once we see our need for God’s Word and begin to find nourishment in Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase, and we will start to mature.
How strong is your desire for God’s Word?
Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling. (Ps. 119:105)
To walk safely in the woods at night we need a light so we don’t trip over tree roots or fall into holes. In this life, we walk through a dark forest of evil.
But the Bible can be our light to show us the way ahead so we won’t stumble as we walk. it reveals the entangling roots of false values and philosophies. Study the Bible so you will be able to see your way clear enough to stay on the right path.
Chronological Life Application Study Bible
Holman Old Testament Commentary