THE BIBLE POINT TO JESUS: WHAT DO THE SCRIPTURES TEACH

Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God,(e) and what duty God requires of man.(f)

(e) Gen 1:1; John 5:39; John 20:31; Rom 10:17; 2 Tim 3:15

(f) Deut 10:12-13; Josh 1:8; Ps 119:105; Mic 6:8; 2 Tim 3:16-17

(e1) John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, (f1) Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (f2) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 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.

The Bible is more than just a collection of sixty-six ancient books bound together in one. It is more than a worldview curriculum. It is the living breathing word of God. Yet it is less than something also. Some people think knowing and understanding the Bible gains them favor with God. They think that if they just know the Scriptures, they will have eternal life. Jesus speaks about this is John chapter 5. He says:

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,”

The Scriptures do not give life in and of themselves. They rather point to Jesus, the one who lived, died, and rose to offer eternal life to all who believe upon him alone. The Bible testifies about Jesus. Why do we need a book to tell us the truth? Because all of us, beginning with our first parents Adam and Eve, have a tendency to believe and tell ourselves lies. The Bible cuts it straight. It teaches us what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty he requires of us.

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