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Part 5 of our new series encouraging digging deeper into the Bible

Don’t be dumb: God’s word to us matters

By Scott Hilgendorff/Cowboys of the Cross

The Bible is our source for everything. Everything. And Paul tells us that through his letter to Timothy in the Bible book called 2 Timothy.

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.

Why is it so important for us to know what's in the Bible?

Because God tells us so.

He tells us through His word.

Have you ever heard the Bible referred to God's living word to us? This is where that comes from. It's 'breathed out by God', meaning He put life into it. If it's His living word, that means it's as relevant today as it was 100 years ago and as it was 1,000 years ago.

There's different teaching out there that varies from God causing each word to be written exactly as He wanted it, more or less dictated by the Holy Spirit, to it being written with God as the inspiration but it expressing the thoughts and feelings of the individuals. A lot of teaching lands in the middle between the two.

But what most can agree on is that the text of the Bible has come to us the way God intended and it's meant, first and foremost, to point to redemption through Jesus Christ and then to be our guide to living out a life changed by the saving grace God gave us through Jesus.

Paul, in his letter to Timothy, is being used by God to tell us that the Bible is good for everything. Not only is it God's living word to us but it's meant to guide us in everything we do from teaching us to be more like Christ (“training in righteousness”) to how to carry out God's plan for our lives (“equipped for every good work”).

He is also telling us it's important for teaching us and others and for correcting us along the way.

Friends, that means it's good for everything.

So why do we so often ignore what's in it?

Not only is it a struggle to get us to read it, but it's a struggle to get us to live out what we learn when we do open it's pages.

James goes so far as to tell us how dumb that is.

James 1: 23-24 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently  at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”

We know how important God's word is, yet we're willing to read from it or learn from it through sermons and preachers and then act like we didn't understand the English language we heard it in.

Don't be dumb.

Don’t be dumb, bareback rigging of Ohio cowboy Dusty Whidden.

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