The Bible and Its Relevance (guest post by Kit Cabullo)

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Author Wednesday
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Understanding the relevance of the Bible is critical to the modern reader just as milk is essential to a baby. Without it, spiritual growth is hard to achieve. We’ll be deprived of wisdom, guidance, encouragement and especially, God’s revelation of Himself in specific terms. If a Christian ignores this issue, the tendency is to treat Scripture reading as ritual. But reading the Bible is more than just a duty to perform. The key is to have a grasp of its relevance. If we understand this, then we will gladly discover that there are treasures to be mined in the reading. And to grasp its relevance, I offer the following observations:

First, the Bible is relevant because it is the foundation of our Christian faith. The truths about God, our purpose, our identity, our hope, and many other things are explained to us by the Scriptures. We heard and believed the good news of Christ and our salvation from its pages as presented to us by those who came before us. The early believers carried this message and preached it to the nations. It created a movement that grew rapidly even in the midst of persecution and poverty. Believers continued to proclaim the message for generations and in doing so the Word reaches us today. In short, the message we believe as Christians is not new. We can always look back to how it all began and be encouraged. We can always look back to the man, Jesus of Nazareth, who himself is the message. Reading it confirms our faith and guides us so we may not drift from it. The apostle Paul firmly urged Timothy to “…continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:14-15, ESV).

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Second, the Bible is relevant because it presents us with the way to live a Christian life. Despite the fact that the world has tremendously changed from the time the events in the Bible took place, the biblical truths remain valuable and worth upholding. This doesn’t necessarily mean repeating the events and practices described in the stories we read. The Bible is relevant because it compels us to respond to what has been done – to live in such a way that brings us joy and glorifies God at the same time. It urges us to walk according to the essence and principles found in past teachings, only applied to our modern context – the here and now.

Moreover, the Scripture is full of commands and examples to follow. The apostle Paul taught us that “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 complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Obeying God’s written word is the path to righteousness that results in good works – a righteousness that is pleasing to Him.

Photo by Martin Goodwin (guardian.co.uk)

Photo by Martin Goodwin (guardian.co.uk)

Third, the Bible is relevant because this is where we meet the Christ. Our value as human beings in the sight of God is significantly defined in Christ – loved, restored, forgiven, accepted, welcomed, justified. Knowing Him through the Scripture is crucial because He made the way for human beings to be reconciled with their Creator.

We see Jesus throughout the pages of the Bible, even within the pages of the Old Testament. In John 5:39, the Lord himself declared that the Scriptures bear witness about Him – and Jesus was referring to the Old Testament when He said that. The Bible, when studied from cover to cover harmoniously introduces us to the Son of God – our Lord and Savior.

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What amazes me is that the Bible is a unique library of books written by a wide variety of authors with different backgrounds and who lived during different periods in history, yet the single thread of human salvation through Christ Jesus can be seen throughout the collection of narratives, poetry, prophecies, and letters couched within their individual contexts and dramas.

For these very reasons, the relevance of the Bible has given me a desire to dig deeper into the riches of the written Word of God. I pray that as you explore the Bible’s relevance in your life, may you also gain that hunger to seek, study and savor Jesus within its pages.

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Kit Cabullo is a Marketing Officer at OMF Literature. You can read more of his personal thoughts and musings on his blog, Verses Versus Verses. He is also a Pastoral Assistant at Bliss Christian Fellowship Church in Quezon City.

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Comments
  1. sunshinekiss says:

    Reblogged this on Living in the Kiss of Heaven♥ and commented:
    The BIBLE can never be overrated.

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