The Bible, Gods Word To Man

1.  One of the most important questions that any Christian can ask is “What is Gods truth for me?”
The Bible says in John 17:17   Sanctify them by thy truth. Your word is truth. So as we learn what the truth of God is, in His Holy Word “The Bible” and if we choose to apply it to our lives we will become sanctified by it.  The definition of the word “Sanctify” is:  To set apart to a sacred purpose, or declare holy, consecrate, To free from sin.

2.  How should one approach the Bible?
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15  Be diligent to present yourselves approved of God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3.  The Bible is kind of like a puzzle. One must compare verse with verse to get the Complete picture.
The Bible says in Isaiah 28:9,10  “Whom will he teach knowledge?  And whom will He make to understand the message?  Those just weaned from milk?  Those just drawn From the breast? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon Line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

4.  Every human teaching must be tested by the Bible.
The Bible says in Acts 17:11   “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”

5.  What kind of things is the Bible useful for?
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:15-17  “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for reproof, for correction in righteousness, that the man of God may be Complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

6.  How does the Old Testament contribute to our Christian Faith?
The Bible says in Luke 24:44-45  “Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  And He  opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”

7.  Where did the Bible come from?
The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:19-21 
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed.
which you do well to head as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

8.  It is not enough to merely have a knowledge about the Bible.  What must we do?
The Bible says in John 5:39-40 and Luke 11:28  “You search the Scriptures, for in Them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me.” “But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and Keep it!”

9.  Spiritual insight into Scripture only comes through the Holy Spirits Enlightenment.
“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which The Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; Nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

*Scriptures from the NKJV Bible and questions and statements from The Bible in Living Color, Written by Pastor Ron Mellor