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.
A few weeks ago a friend came over to our house and brought her four year old daughter. The kids were playing downstairs next to the room I was painting, so I had plenty of time to listen to their conversations. Elsa (my four year old), Sammy (my six year old), and Nora (their friend), continually wanted to lead the play time. I was very surprised how often they said the phrase no let’s pretend that…. Over and over again, one would say no, let’s pretend that you were this, and I was that. No, let’s pretend that that I was doing this, and you were doing that. If I could have written down all their words, each paragraph would have started by one of them wanting the others to pretend something. Why?
Nearly from birth, we all want to create our own reality. Our hearts from the beginning desire to be the masters of our own kingdom. We want to determine for ourselves how we should live, and what is right, good, and true. We don’t want to be told we’re wrong, but rather that others are wrong for having the audacity to tell us what to do. We want so much to be autonomous.
Second Timothy 3:15-17 tells us all of Scripture is breathed out by God, and is intended to complete us. This indicates to us that God himself declares each one of us incomplete. The good news is that God has given the Scriptures to mankind so that we might become complete. The first step is to realize that God sent his son Jesus into the world who was perfectly complete. He lived a life of perfection, completing the requirement of mankind to be perfect. God asks you to trust him, and then believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ so that you might be saved. Becoming a Christian places you on a road which leads to eternal life in heaven. Those on the road become more and more complete. This process is called sanctification. It comes when the Son of God sends the Spirit of God to apply the Word of God to our hearts.
The Scriptures are the only rule God has given to mankind to instruct us how we can fulfill our purpose in life; to Glorify God and enjoy him forever.