This is part 2 of the 5-part Bible study Knowing God’s Word. This study seeks to understand how knowing the Bible bring us close to God and responding to God’s will. Click here to join the Thomas Nelson Bible email list and receive the full 5-part Bible study.
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.
One of the great proofs that the Bible is really God’s inspired Word is its unique ability to convict men and women of their sins. Let us consider but a few Old Testament and New Testament examples that demonstrate the lifesaving power of the Scriptures.
QUESTION FOR THOUGHT:
Can you name other examples in the Old Testament and New Testament of God’s Word convicting humans?
Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
There are many symbols for God’s Word that can be found in the Bible itself. It can be thought of as a mirror (James 1:23–25), a seed (1 Pet. 1:23), a lamp (Ps. 119:105), a sword (Eph. 6:17), and even as food (Heb. 5:12–14). But the Bible also serves as a measuring rod or ruler. Years past teachers used wooden rulers in their classes not only to give the right measurement but, on occasion, to correct a misbehaving pupil. God’s Word likewise can do both of these things. It should be used as a standard against which to measure our beliefs. What about certain religious groups that claim Christ was not God, or that the Bible is filled with silly tales? Immediately we can reject such claims by using our divine written ruler to discover that such arguments simply do not measure up.
Sometimes our heavenly Teacher uses His written ruler to correct us when we are in the wrong. Israel’s great king David once experienced this. “You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word. …Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (Ps. 119:65, 67).
There are times when God’s Word can correct believers when they are in honest and unintentional error. Aquila and Priscilla, a godly Christian couple, use the Scriptures to help a powerful young preacher named Apollos (Acts 18:24–26). Paul does the same thing for some former disciples of John the Baptist he meets in the city of Ephesus (Acts 19:1–7).
QUESTION FOR THOUGHT:
In your life, are there ways God’s Word is guiding you and correcting your action to grow spiritually?
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