"The Bible alone is the only authority that can bind the conscience of a person absolutely because it is the only authority that carries with it the intrinsic authority of God Himself." - R.C. Sproul
The Bible contains 66 books written by 40 different authors over 1600 years. All scripture is inspired by a perfect God, written through flawed men, to reveal His nature to humanity. It is the correspondence of God to mankind. Scripture reveals the authority of God in the life of a believer, and all things are measured by it. Scripture declares The Gospel, guides the church, and makes known the principles of God. Scripture has the first and final say in the life of a believer. Beware elevating anyone's opinion over the Word of God, or equating any other book with The Bible.
Teaching: Wisdom is found in the Word of God, and those with a teachable spirit will obtain it. From the proverbs of Solomon to the revelation of John there is no end of the wisdom to be found by those who seek it in the Word of God.
Rebuking: You are no longer controlled by your sin nature, but if you live unchecked by The Word sin will slowly creep back into your life. Sin is not a buffet where you choose at your pleasure and leave at your leisure, but instead sin is “crouching at our door, desiring to have you”. As you read the Word it exposes your sin, convicts your heart, and causes you to seek refuge at the cross again.
Correcting: The Word of God serves as guardrails in the life of a believer keeping us on the path of righteousness. It is faithful to gently correct the believer that strays in their thinking or their actions. The Word also lays out how to resolve issues within the Church body and correct its members.
Training in Righteousness: Living like Christ will not come naturally or easy. Just as you would train at a gym for fitness, you must train in the Word for righteousness. When training your body you see no benefits unless you overcome resistance, it is the same with righteousness. The struggle will get real when trying to read the word and deny your self. There will never be perfect conditions to read the Word, you might never feel like it, and every excuse will be available to you, but this is where training begins. Overcome the resistance and watch yourself grow stronger in The Word.
- II Timothy 3:16
- II Peter 1:20-21
- Romans 15:4