The Doctrine of Revelation: Necessity (Part 5)

We are wrapping up our look at the issue of necessity as it relates to the doctrine of revelation. We have said that Scripture is necessary for understanding God, understanding ourselves, and understanding the gospel. Lastly we find that Scripture is necessary if we are ever going to grow as Christians.

The picture that some people paint today is that they can have a healthy Christian life if they just listen to Christian music, go to church once a week, and avoid dirty movies. That all my do you some good (maybe?), but it will leave incredibly weak and pathetic as a Christian. The Scriptures attest to a very important role that they play in developing followers of Jesus.

In 2 Timothy 3:16 the apostle Paul writes about the power and importance of the Word of God when he says:

All Scriptures 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.

There are a handful of key phrases in this passage. For example “All Scripture,” means all of it. There is no distinction between the importance of the New and the Old. In fact Paul here is expressly writing about the Old Testament. You can’t discount the Old, despite that too many Christians (even some pastors) do. “Breathed out by God” means that it is God’s own words! This is not just some random book or collection of thoughts from the ancient world, it is the very authoritative, powerful, life-giving (and life-changing) words of God. “Profitable” tells us that this book, when applied to our lives, makes a real difference. We don’t just read it as a collection of stories and tales, but as a resource for informing our lives and changing us.

But note especially that the book is profitable for “training in righteousness.” Do you want to grow as a follower of Christ, put off sin, and live a godly life? Then you need the Scriptures! They are profitable for just such things. No growth will be accomplished by neglecting this book.

So the question then becomes for all of us, how are we doing at studying and applying the contents of Scripture? Are we pursuing Jesus in its pages? Are we pursuing godliness in its pages? Are you a student of the Scriptures? It is necessary!

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