“There’s nothing like the written Word of God.” 2Ti 3:16 TM
Paul wrote to Timothy: “Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They’re as deceived as the people they lead astray. As long as they’re out there, things can only get worse. But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us” (vv. 13-17 TM). Here’s why you should read your Bible: (1) So you won’t be led astray. God will never say something to you through another person, or your own thoughts, that does not line up with what He’s clearly revealed in His Word. That’s why you need to know the Scriptures. (2) To know you’re truly saved. The apostle John writes: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know…you have eternal life, and…continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1Jn 5:13 NKJV). (3) To identify your calling and equip you. Paul says, “Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us” (2Ti 3:17 TM). The Bible is your guidebook for living the Christian life, so read it every day!