Picking up on my last post on Biblical teaching, I want to just talk about the vital role that Biblical teaching plays in the life of believers.
There are of course many answers to the question, “what role does Biblical teaching play,” but again, I will just focus on a few things that I think we should talk about here at Visio Dei.
I should also mention that I am not going to do any in-depth study on WHAT the Bible is. Suffice it to say we believe that the Bible is the word of God. It is absolute truth. It is all God-breathed. It is living and active and is the main source of revelation that we have about God. Our lives are full of things that change constantly but the Word of God never changes. It’s always right and true and perfect. that said….
My first point is that the Bible plays a vital role in our growth as disciples of Jesus. As I have already mentioned, the book of Hebrews says this:
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Something about studying the Bible lays our souls bare before God. All of our intentions, thoughts, motives….they are all exposed by the word of God. The Holy Spirit moves in us through God’s word and He speaks to us through God’s word. He convicts of sin and brings us to a place of repentance. He guides our thoughts and our actions.
But He has to have a chance. We have to be taking in the scriptures and be studying them if the Holy Spirit is going to use them. Look at the words that God spoke to the Israelites in Deuteronomy:
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.