Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments,(c) is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.(d)
(c) Matt 19:4-5; Gen 2:24; Luke 24:27,44; 1 Cor 2:13; 1 Cor 14:37; 2 Pet 1:20-21; 2 Pet 3:2,15-16
(d) Deut 4:2; Ps 19:7-11; Isa 8:20; John 15:11; John 20:30-31; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 3:15-17; 1 John 1:4
(c1) Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (c2) 1 Corinthians 14:37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. (c3) 2 Peter 1:20-21 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
(d1) John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (d2) 2 Timothy 3:15-17 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 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. (d3) 1 John 1:4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
Our main duty in life is to bring glory to God and enjoy him forever. We learned from question two that the bible is the source and standard of truth by which we understand the ways to accomplish our chief end. Since this is true, a question comes to mind:
How can we expect to fulfill our main duty in life if we are not on a regular intake of Scripture? It would be equivalent to believing the main way our body is replenished with energy and strength is by eating good food, but yet we never have something to eat. How long do you suppose your body will have sufficient energy to function? The same is true with our spiritual energy and strength; we must find time for a regular intake of that which gives us life.
James proves his faith by his works (James 2:18). We prove what we believe by what we do. If we believe the Bible is the only rule God has given to instruct us how we glorify and enjoy him; we will evidence that belief through actual intake of the scriptures.
Let’s Talk About It:
- Describe your normal intake of Scripture (bible memory, reading, studying).
- Describe how you should change your daily habits to reflect the truth that the Bible is the only rule that God has given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.