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The Scriptures of Our Salvation

Text

2 Timothy 3:14-15 (ESV)

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 

15 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.

Scripture Reading

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Introduction 

Our text speaks of salvation as comprehensive and exhaustive, rather than being limited to the initial experience that occurs when a person receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Our is truly a great salvation.

It includes salvation from the penalty of sin, which, for believers, is a past work of God in their lives.

It includes the salvation from the presence of sin, which is a future experience for all christians.

Salvation from the presence of sin comes at the consummation of the ages when Jesus returns to fully redeem believers from their human sinful state. Read Philippians 3:19-20 and Hebrews 9:27-28.

Our text speaks of our salvation as a present experience and the Bible’s role in helping each believer experience this salvation.

We first come to know Jesus through the good news of God’s word.

Through this same word, we learn about our heavenly home beyond this life.

But God has given us the Bible so we can experience deliverance from the tyranny and destructiveness of sin in the present.

There is absolutely no way by which believers can experience the fullness of God’s salvation in the present if they ignore God’s Word.

The writer of Hebrews addressed himself to believers.

He warned them against the peril of ignoring the messages that teach us how to experience redemption in every area of life.

Hebrews 2:1-3 (ESV)

Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

2 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 

2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 

3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,

Paul was speaking in this direction and with this emphasis when he said to the believers in Rome, in Romans 15:4 (ESV)

4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Giving careful attention to the teachings in the Bible makes it possible for us to live a life that will glorify God.

Romans 15:5-6 (ESV)

5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is both interesting and profitable for Christians to discover how Jesus used the Scriptures during the great crisis of His life in Matthew 4:1-11.

Jesus was guided by the great truths in the Bible and used them to gain strength when pressured to swerve from God’s will.

He also used the scriptures when defining His purpose for being in Luke 4:16-21.

If our Lord found it necessary to rely on the truths of God’s Word, we should do the same.

The rest of this message deals with some practical suggestions regarding the use of our Bible.

1. The function of the Bible.

  1. The Bible reveals the nature and the way of salvation in 2 Timothy  3:14-16

B. The good news about God recorded in the bible is used by The Holy Spirit to effect the new birth when we receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour ( Romans 1:16, James 1:21, and 1 Peter 1:23

C. The Bible serves as milk that nourishes God’s infants following their conversion experience (1 Peter 2:1-3

D. The Bible provides authoritative guidance for conduct that both pleases God and brings satisfaction to the believer. ( 2 Timothy 3:16)

Scripture is,

  1. Profitable for teaching
  2. Profitable fro reproof
  3. Profitable for correction
  4. Profitable for instruction in righteousness

E. The Bible is intended to equip receptive and responsive believers for fruitful service to God and others ( 2 Timothy 3:17)

2. How to read the Bible.

A. Psalm 1:1-2 tells us to read the Bible regularly.

As we feed our body daily, so we should also feed our spirit daily.

B. Read the Bible personally and subjectively.

Put yourself into every situation.

Put yourself right in the middle of each verse and let god speak to you.

C. Read the Bible intelligently.

  1. Try to discover the historical situation behind the passage of scripture you are reading.

You need to know what the writer meant at the time it was written to fully understand it.

2. Discover the meaning of the words used in the passage.

A good Bible dictionary can be useful to do this.

3. Be logical in your study of the Bible, that is, read it according to the correct interpretation of the language and the writers purpose.

Do not treat the Bible in a magical or superstitious way.

Is the writer speaking literally or poetically?

Is he speaking in terms of a legalistic precept, or is he dealing with a great principal?

You cannot interpret figurative language in a literal way and come to the right conclusion and vice versa.

4. Always remember that the Bible is a spiritual book.

It is an inspired book produced by the Holy Spirit as He worked in and through holy men.

Only with the Holy Spirit’s help can you fully grasp God’s Word for your life.

D. Read the Bible systematically.

Read a book of the Bible straight through. 

Don’t just skip around.

E. Read the Bible prayerfully.

Consider Bible study as the listening side of the prayer experience.

F. Read the bible obediently.

As God reveals His good and loving will for you, be obedient to Him. 

Conclusion.

Here are a few practical suggestions as you decide to study the Bible with more diligence and spiritual hunger.

  1. Look for promises to claim.
  2. Look for commands to obey.
  3. Look for sins to avoid.
  4. Look for failures to avoid.
  5. Look for examples to follow.
  6. Always look to the Saviour for guidance and help.

The Bible speaks of the great saviour who wants to save you from the penalty of sin.

He is willing to redeem you today if you will come to Him in faith, committing your life to Him.

By using the scriptures to teach and instruct you, this precious Saviour wants to save you from the faults and flaws to which human nature is inclined.

He will speak to your heart through the scriptures if you will let Him.

Don’t neglect the salvation you are offered by ignoring God’s Word.

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

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