God gave us His inerrant Word through the prophets intending it to be understood by His people. The veracity of both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures is well known and amazing. Only by virtue of a Holy God could such an endeavor have been possible—66 books written by 40 different authors over the course of more than 1500 years and proven to be from outside of our time domain. (Chuck Missler)
Although there is much we can learn by a casual read-through of the Bible, it is so much richer than that. We can spend hours, even days, gleaning nuggets from each and every passage. And with just a slight bit of more effort, the pages spring to life, giving up all the rich essence they were meant to convey.
We wouldn’t attempt to build our homes without first setting a firm foundation. Likewise, neither should we approach Bible study without first setting some foundation stones and plumb-line principles we can rely upon to guide our way.
There is wonderful news. God truly desires each of us to experience a personal, individual, intimate relationship with Him. We can come to know God and to understand how much He truly loves each of us. We can peek into the amazing future He holds in store for all who trust in Him and love Him. To be honest, even as children we knew God exists. We could feel Him in our hearts then and now. The wonders of “God-given life” are all around us, everywhere we look. Nature proudly displays His handiwork and brags of His glory. Wherever you are simply stand still, look around, and listen. His glory is everywhere. Glance up at the night sky. It reveals God’s glory and majesty. The Bible tells us that:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun”
Psalm 19:1-4 (KJV).
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” Romans 1:20 (NLT).
Through the pen of devoted men and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God has given us His written Word. By His Holy Word, we learn His name(s), His plan, and His nature. “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” 1 John 4:16 (KJV). Scripture teaches that as we draw near to God, He draws even nearer to us. It unveils God’s amazing purpose for the creation, shows us how things went astray, and reveals to us how God is going to set all things right. We learn in the Bible that our relationship to God is so personal that we Church Age believers become, “ . . . Christ’s body, and individually members of it” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NASB).
God demonstrated that He has much more invested in us than we may at first realize. Why would Jesus Christ, the “Word of God,” have sacrificed Himself as the propitiation for our transgressions? And why does God command that we should make no graven images (Exodus 20:4)? Simply because God has already made an image, of Himself, — and that image is “YOU!”
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 1:26 (NASB)
Now that’s a close, personal relationship. When we worship idols [today we have so many to choose from] we are not only insulting our creator, but we’re also belittling ourselves.
For tools, lets begin by being like the Bereans, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” Acts 17:11.
Exploring Scripture~because it matters-it really does!