2009-09-03 - The Purposes of the
Study on the Bible, Part 9
Much of this material was developed from Wilmingtons Guide to the Bible.
Introduction: Neff identifies what he calls the two great purposes
of the Bible, and that seems the best place to start.
The first purpose of the Bible is to introduce us to the Savior and
his salvation. This Book brings to us the gospelthe good news that
the infinite God loves us human sinners, loves us enough to break through
whatever barriers stand between himself and us, to forgive our sin and win
us back into the joy of an eternal fellowship with himself and which all
that is good and just and true. This is the essence of Christianity. All
else serves merely to display the jewel, that it might sparkle more brilliantly
on its mounting.
But when we have found the Savior, we need instruction so we may know how
to live lives that will please him and serve him. The second great purpose
of the Bible, therefore, is to instruct us in Christian Faith. Paul discusses
this in the same passage in which he sets forth the first principle.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable
for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2
Tim. 3:16-17). 1
So the question becomes, how do we know the Bible accomplishes its purpose?
How did it come together? We will consider three tools. Let me summarize
them, and then we will examine them in some detail.
Revelation: From God to man (Man hears that which God wants written).
Inspiration: From man to paper (Man writes that which God wants written).
Illumination: From paper to heart (Man receives the light of that which God
has written). 2
Neff, David, ed., Tough Questions Christians Ask, Victor Books,
Wheaton, IL, 1989, p. 108-109.
Willmington, Dr. H. L., Willmingtons Guide to the Bible,
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL, 1981, p. 788.
Series to be continued.
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