“The Bible Reveals God’s Will for Mankind”

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The Bible is God’s gracious Word to sinful man. It is not an exhaustive record of God’s intricate dealings with man, but a Divinely-ordained composite of God’s will for mankind. It contains everything that is necessary for both our obtaining eternal life and living godly in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Peter 1:3).

Hear the Apostle John support this unmistakable premise in John 20:30-31, “Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in his name” (See also John 10:10). So, we understand that the Bible is God’s purposed, non-exhaustive, Scriptural treatise, that calls the lost to belief in Jesus Christ as the ONLY Savior of mankind (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). This calling of all men to Himself (Matthew 22:14; Acts 17:30; John 12:32), has a primary aim, namely, to work upon the hearts and minds of men that they might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (cf. John 3:16). Which is nothing less than the work of God Himself (John 6:29 says, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent”)! This saving message about Christ is a message of salvation from our sins! It is the whole gospel, offered freely to the whole world, from the whole of Scripture (Acts 13:38; 26:18)! But the Bible is also a book about our sanctification (or our growth in grace). In fact, everything in the Bible has been written for our specific instruction that we may come to know Christ, love God, do His will, and through prayer (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 1:5) and the diligent study of His precious, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word, “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; Acts 17:11). Now, take special note of the following examples from Scripture that illustrate for us God’s deep concern for this sanctifying work in our lives, “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). This is also why Paul proclaimed to his young disciple, Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Are you a person of this book? Do you realize that God has given you His very Word in your own language? And why did He do this? So that it might have its rightful place in our lives, that it may do its sanctifying work in our lives. Wow! What an amazing gift from God! J. I. Packer states this very point in the following words, “The Bible has an organic coherence that is simply stunning ... Truly, the inner unity of the Bible is miraculous.” And it’s all available to us, that we might mine its treasures! Let’s be faithful to do so! In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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