The Word of God
The Word of God
Q 4: What Is the Word of God?
A: The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, and the only certain rule of faith and obedience.
“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 ESV)
Many of my children have a favorite type of toy. A specific company that puts small blocks together in a box with a set of instructions on putting them together. They produce all kinds of different things from movie props like spaceships and flying automobiles to entire cities. These sets of blocks are incredibly intricate, but when the boxes are opened, they are nothing but heaps of individual pieces. Without the instructions, I’m certain my children would never figure out how to put the pieces together correctly.
Those instructions are a type of letter to the buyer. They tell the builder of the toy what is to be made, keep the builder on track knowing exactly where they are in the process, and also communicate which step is next. It’s a type of intricate little map revealing a path to completion. The funny thing about maps is that if you don’t follow the instructions, you are likely to get yourself into a lot of trouble.
God’s Word, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are similar in a way for believers. The Word of God gives us the instructions for how we are to live. Although there are a lot of voices out there telling the believer how to live, the only one that is certain is the Word of God.
The London Baptist Confession of 1689 states that “the whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, mans’ salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture.”1 Everything that we need to know so that we might glorify God rightly is contained in the scriptures.
However, the Bible is better than any map because its subject matter isn’t simply about how to get to a particular destination. The Bible tells us about the creator of the universe and how he has revealed himself in Jesus Christ. It points us not to a destination, but to a person. And because of the subject matter, it is the only certain rule of faith and obedience.
Read Psalm 119:17-24 and answer the following questions:
- According to the Psalmist, what does it mean to “deal bountifully” with us?
- Define “sojourner.” How are we sojourners on the earth?
- What are some different things for which you long? Would you consider scripture one of those things? Why or why not?
- The Scriptures call those who wander from God’s commandments “insolent” and “accursed.” What kind of curse is on those who disobey God?
- What are some ways you can improve at using God’s Word as your counselor?
1 The 1677/1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms; ed. David Lang; (Altamonte Springs: OakTree Software, Inc., 2006), paragraph 4723.