All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (from Hebrews 3:16, NIV)
While prayer is the breathing of our soul, the Bible is the food of our soul. It makes our life firm and healthy by giving us the righteous lesson, making our conscience honest, and telling us what to do. Therefore, we must always be near the Bible like the food for life. In Deuteronomy 6:6–9, God told us to put the Bible nearest to us and read it all the time and put it in our hearts. He also instructed us not only to read it but also to teach it to our children and to talk about it with our neighbors as much as possible.
The apostle Paul regarded the knowledge of Jesus, the gospel, as the noblest knowledge. He said he considered all his extensive knowledge and prestigious education rubbish before the Scripture. Paul, as an Israelite, was born a Roman and educated under Gamaliel, the greatest scholar of the law at the time, which was boastful of the highest lineage and education. The reason Paul thought of all his previous knowledge as trivial was that it ultimately could not save him, but the gospel brought him to salvation. Besides, the Bible made him more capable and wiser than others. Paul informs us of the superiority of the Bible through 2 Timothy 3:15–17 and encourages its active use.
“Its most important role is to give us the knowledge of who Jesus is, what He has done for us, and how we win in our lives.”
Ultimately, we reach salvation by reading the Scripture and believing in Jesus. Since the Bible is God-breathed, not written with the knowledge of man, we can establish the right view of history, such as how human history began, why countries won or failed, and how people should live.
Moreover, because the Bible contains God’s knowledge and wisdom, it gives us the right lesson, corrects our wrongs, and presents the true values so that we can make a righteous choice. By reading it and learning what it says, we are filled with the knowledge of Jesus, take after the Lord, and gain the power to do good. The knowledge of the world could make a person smart, but it only benefits him- or herself. Above all, it cannot lead to salvation. However, the Bible has the power to make us wise, to decide the right choice, and to exert a good influence on our neighbors. Therefore, it benefits not only ourselves but also our neighbors. Crucially, it leads us to salvation.
Figure 19. Real Value of the Bible
Joshua succeeded Moses and took on the mission to lead the Israelites to Canaan. He was psychologically shrinking, due to the massive responsibility on behalf of the exceptional and respectful leader, Moses. At the time, the way God presented Joshua to do his mission was to meditate on His words and do all of them. When we read the Bible, we realize what the Lord’s will is and distinguish between what to do or not to do. God also commanded us to keep and do everything written in the Bible. It is the most necessary qualification for a leader. In order to lead many people, a leader can exercise his or her ability as a leader when he or she first uprightly stands before the Lord and sets an example in deeds. Who will honor a leader or listen to his or her word if the leader does not do it but only orders to do it? God says that He will be with us and make all we do good and prosperous if we meditate on the Bible and do it as it is written. Those who obey His words have no obstacle before the Lord, so He makes their way smooth and straight.
The Bible teaches us the right knowledge to live according to the will of the Creator Lord. It is natural that we, who are living in the world, live according to the will of the one who created the world. We must surely do so because the Creator is also the lawmaker who has established the law we must keep on earth and the judge who will judge us according to His law. We need to know the law of the school, organization, region, and country to which we belong, so that we can live there. If we do not know its law or do not keep it, we ought to pay the corresponding cost.
Likewise, we must count what will happen to us if we live in our own way without knowing the law of the Creator Lord. In order to know His will and walk on the right way, we must read the law of the lawmaker, the Bible. Thus, David said in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp on my feet and the light on my path.” The Bible reveals the way to go, tells us how to go there, and helps us avoid the path of sin. Thus, it eventually distinguishes us from the world and saves our spirit and flesh.
Those who do not know or ignore God’s Word do not get the ability to discern what is vitally important. In this case, they live according to the fruitless ideology or the lust of the world. Sometimes, they sacrifice even their lives for such worthless things. They also have nothing to rely on and eventually rely on the trickery of the world. It may be regarded as dependable at that time, but it will be a futile way to be cut off in the end. Thus, Proverbs 13:13 says, “Those who scorn His instruction will pay for it,” which encourages us to read and obey the Bible so that we never use our lives meaninglessly.
“Hebrews 4:12 states that God’s Word is alive and capable of leading us to repentance.”
Sometimes we cannot discern what is wrong with our habit or custom. However, God’s Word, the Bible, is living and active, so it penetrates our conscience deeply and helps us realize and repent of those wrongs. The Bible also judges the thought and attitude of our hearts, which makes our arrogant minds humble, changes our rage and anger to meekness, reveals all the secrets hidden in our hearts to repent. The Bible gives us the power to realize the things that we cannot perceive on our own.