I have selected many passages to study this month. Each for different reasons. Today’s passage, in part, was selected based on a question: Does scripture provide everything we need?
Okay…I get stuck when it’s time to jump into these passages. I am stuck between the pressing question in my mind and sharing information that may be valuable to you as the reader. I aim for a happy middle ground but I prayerfully hope to rest with having the lingering question resolved with a biblical answer.
With that said, I can’t tell you the number of times I’m talking with a woman in need and I ask questions about her time reading the bible or studying the bible. Responses vary and I get it. Because I am really just grasping the depth of God’s word and I was raised attending church. But somehow I never spent much time studying scripture. And I’m sure I could spend a lifetime studying and would still only scratch the surface.
But real life, begs for real answers.
Here’s how this “pressing question” usually presents iteself. I have a woman before me.
Struggling with a life decision.
Struggling with a dilemma.
Struggling to see God in the messiness of her life.
She pulls me to the side at church…over coffee…on the phone…by email.
She’s wondering…”where is He?”
My response, “He’s here.”
At the heart of it we want direction and clarity. But do we first go to the word?
Thus, the question, “Does scripture provide everything we need to live this life?”, is pondered by many. Scripture is sometimes seen as old stories or merely good thoughts to keep in mind. Some see it as outdated. But can I find what I need to live a godly life?
The answer is YES. We will see scripture tells us, knowing God gives us everything we need. But it also shares ways we can add to our effectiveness and fruitfulness.
Hebrews 4:12a says “…the word of God is living and active”, not dormant or out-of-date. We’ve also learned how scripture is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) Thus, I selected 2 Peter 1:3-11 to help see this question in regards to scripture and to share over the next few days.
For today, I want to simply restate, in my own words, verses 3 and 4.
God’s divine power [the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, the Counselor] gives us everything we need for life and godliness through knowing God. And out of His goodness and for His glory He gives us many promises that we may have the divine nature and escape the evil behaviors of this world caused by sinful desire.
I want to define a few words specifically, for my clarity, and I hope it helps you as well.
- Divine: holy eternal (bible dictionary); of or like God (Webster).
- Escape: to get free; get away; get out; break loose, as from a prison.
- Nature: inherent character or essence.
- Inherent: existing in someone or something as a natural and inseparable quality, characteristic or right.
[Source: Webster Dictionary and my bible dictionary where indicated.]
The Wrap Up
I want to leave you with a clear message: God gives us everything we need to be like Him.
In His goodness, He does so in a manner that our character and the essence of who we are is inseparable from Him. We, thus, reflect His holy nature instead of our old sinful nature. And this all occurs through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.
Tomorrow, we’ll consider how we can add to our fruitfulness.
Consider this: Do you believe scripture provides all you need to live life? If so, do you actively seek its answers? If not, what role does knowing God through scripture play in your life?
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