Message notes for Part Three: “Four Things You Must Know About the Bible.”
The Word of God is Needed.
The Bible allows us to know what we could never know on our own.
“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (NIV Rom. 10:12-17).
We could never know these important, life-changing truths without the Bible:
- You need to call on the name of the Lord to be saved.
- You can only call on the name of the Lord if you believe in Him.
- You cannot believe in Christ unless you have heard of Him.
- You cannot hear of Christ unless there is someone to tell them about Christ.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The Word of God is Knowable.
The Bible can be understood by everyone without the help of anyone.
The Bible says these things about the Word:
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:6-7).
Much of the New Testament were letters to the church:
- 1 Corinthians 1:2 says, “To the church of God in Corinth”
- Galatians 1:2 says, “To the churches of Galatia”
- Philippians 1: 1 says, “To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.”
The point of Scripture is to reveal truth not to conceal truth.
“It’s not the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” —Mark Twain
The Word of God is Enough.
The Bible tells us everything we need to know but not everything we want to know.
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous” (Ps 19:7-9).
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll” (Rev. 22:18-19).
The Word of God is Ultimate.
The last word goes to God’s word on everything.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Approaches to the Bible:
- Sola scriptura: the Scriptures only
- Prima scriptura: the Scriptures first