So here is what we know…
The power of God’s WORD was intended to edify or build up. We should read it for our own edification and to be able to use it for the edification of others. And it was also intended to SANCTIFY us.
Notice that Paul also says that the Word of God is able to “give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
32* “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
And the Hebrew writer tells us this…
Without sanctification no one can see the Lord –
Heb. 12:14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
To see the Lord in this verse simply means to go to heaven.
Since the Word is able to sanctify us (Jn. 17:17), it is able to give us a place in heaven among the sanctified. The Word of God is powerful enough to change your life and make you fit for a place in heaven, if you will believe it and obey it.
The Word of God is the ONLY revelation of God’s complete will concerning man. In the Bible we are told all we need to know about God, angels, heaven, Satan, hell, the reward of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked. We are not told all that could be told about many things, but all we need to know in order to be saved.
Paul tells us in 2nd Timothy…
2 Tim. 3:16, 17
16* All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17* so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
God’s Word is intended to “equip” us for our Christian walk. Peter tells us that we are given all things pertaining to life and godliness:
2 Pet. 1:3
3* seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
The Old Testament contains many prophecies relative to something to come and leads us to expect further development and further teaching. It speaks of another covenant to come later, different from the old covenant.
However, the New Testament does NOT indicate that there will be any further revelation or any new teaching. Just the opposite, hear Jude:
3* Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
The word “faith” here is a reference to the gospel. We need not look for any further revelations.
The Word of God needs to be stored in our hearts.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
Jesus stored the word in his heart and when tempted to sin he used it to overcome Satan. If we do not memorize the word, we will not have it ready for use when we need it. That is the purpose of our Bible studies. Time and effort is given by all our teachers to help Christians learn principles to guide you in life and lead you to store the truths in your hearts so you can use them to protect yourself and to help others.
Tremendous everlasting good can be accomplished in Bible classes if you will apply yourselves properly. But if you do not take an interest and study as you should no good can come from it.
The word of God is like this map…
The WORD of GOD is the traveler’s road map. If you were to start from New York to San Francisco, you would need a map to guide you. Somewhere in the maze of roads and detours you would get lost of you had nothing to guide you, especially if you have never traveled the road before.
We have never traveled the road from sin to God, from earth to heaven before, so we need the Bible to guide us. Jesus has been over the road and in the Bible we have his instructions as to how we should live and worship. We must follow them or be lost in the maze of road and detours made and recommended by men.
The serious nature of the Word is expressly given to us in Jn. 12:48…
The WORD OF GOD will be the standard by which we will be judged.
48* “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.
Did you ever try to take a final examination on a course you had never studied? What a terrible experience it will be in the final judgment to have to be examined on the course of life outlined and detailed in the Bible if we have never studied the course.
Notice something else that the New Testament says…
The apostle John said:
12* And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
“Books” in this verse has reference to both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Do you know the things written well enough to take that final examination?
Are you taking advantage of your opportunities to learn the things written in the Bible?
“This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealthy, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened in judgment, and remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”