The Origin and Purpose of the Bible


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

 

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Bible?  Where did it come from?  Or what about its purpose?  Why do we have the Bible?  If you have ever found yourself asking these questions, then today’s key passage has the answers you have been seeking.  In it, the Apostle Paul is writing to his friend Timothy.  Timothy was a young man and was one of the first second-generation Christians.  At this point in history, most Christians were first-generation, meaning they converted because they heard the good news about Jesus Christ from an evangelist and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Timothy, on the other hand, grew up learning about God.  As a small boy, his mother and grandmother read him the Holy Scriptures and taught him about God and about the Gospel of Christ, which led him to becoming a believer himself.  In today’s passage, Paul reminds Timothy of his youth, and then reminds him of the origin and purpose of the Word of God.

Origin of the Bible

Paul reminds Timothy that, “all Scripture is God-breathed” (Vs. 16).  What does this mean?  A lot of times people have a tendency to think of the Bible as simply a collection of stories about God.  They wrongly believe that the Bible represents merely our human interpretation of who God is and what He has done.  While it is technically true that the Bible was written down by the hands of human beings, that is only half of the story.  The people who wrote the Bible did not do so on their own.  They did not write it based on their own ideas of God.  Instead, they wrote exactly what God wanted them to write.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God inspired these writers to tell His story.  The Bible comes from God, and we can trust in it because God was in complete control of its writing.

Purpose of the Bible

Paul continues in our passage and reminds Timothy of the purpose of the Bible.  He says that the Bible, “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. (Vs. 16)  Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we can trust what it says about Him.  We can have faith that the character of God represented in the Bible is accurate, and therefore by reading His Word we can learn about Him.  In addition, the Bible helps us to know the difference between right and wrong.  As we read it, we can begin to discern how God wants us to live our lives, and we can discern the things in life He wants us to avoid.  Through following His Word, we can be trained in righteousness, and can learn to live a holy and blameless life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

As we study the Bible, we must never forget one final note about its purpose.  Paul reminds Timothy that the Bible is useful, “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Vs. 17)  The purpose of the Bible is not simply education or training for the sake of training.  We read it to learn how to do God’s will, and it is only useful to us if it leads us to action.  We can read the Bible all day from cover to cover, but the real power of God’s inspired Word comes when we begin living it.

The next time you sit down to read your Bible, keep these things in mind.  Remember that the Book you are holding in your hands was written by the Creator of the universe.  Remember that He wrote it to show you who He is, and how you should live your life.  When you read, allow the words to strengthen your spirit and your faith in God.  Above all else, when you read, allow the words to lead you to do God’s will.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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