February 18, 2023
Why Did God Give Us The Bible?
Why did God give us the Bible?
Believe it or not, it wasn’t so that you would have one more thing on your “to do” list.
It wasn’t even so that we would have a list of “do’s” and “don’t’s” for life.
Instead, God gave us the Bible because He loves people.
From the beginning of time, it was God’s desire to have a personal relationship with His Creation. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, it created a separation between humanity and God. The Bible is the story of God’s plan for people to come to salvation so that that relationship could be restored and we could live forever with Him.
God gave us the Bible because He wants men and women to come to salvation.
He wants us to spend eternity with Him.
Even more, He gave us the Bible so that every person would have the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Him—to understand Who God is, what He thinks, how He feels, and what He desires for mankind.
Like an autobiography, the words of the Bible are God’s way of voluntarily revealing Himself to humanity in His own words.
Again, it’s important to remember that the Bible isn’t a book written by men ABOUT God. Instead, the very words of the Bible were God-breathed and inspired, God’s words spoken through men telling us about Himself.
It was God’s idea to reveal Himself. No one forced Him to do it.
God selected the manner, the place, and the circumstances He revealed Himself. God determined how, when, and where He would reveal Himself—revealing some parts of His character in the Old Testament and other aspects in the New Testament.
It’s important to remember that the content of the revelation was what God wanted us to know about Him—nothing more, nothing less. Only what the Bible says about God is pure truth. No man can add to it or take away from it.
Most importantly, we must understand why God revealed Himself through His Word. It is an invitation to know Him, walk with Him, and have a personal relationship with Him throughout your life and into eternity. However, like all invitations, it requires a response.
God does not demand that we read His Word, obey it, or receive His offer of salvation. That choice is up to us.
Will we choose to learn about God through His Word, or will we ignore His invitation?
Will we obey God’s Word as a gracious roadmap for life, or will we choose to take our own road?
Most importantly, will we accept or offer God’s gift of salvation through Jesus?
Will we choose to accept His invitation to have a personal relationship with Him by prayer and reading His Word?
The invitation sits before us daily, waiting for our RSVP.
God has done all He can to help us get to know Him.
The question is now, “Will we accept His offer?”
Weekly Memory Verse:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105, ESV)
New International Version (NIV)
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