2 Timothy 3:15
It isn’t by accident that the Salvation Army’s first doctrine centers on the Word of God: “We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.”
Without the Scriptures we would be lost. The Scriptures give direction, correction, challenge, command, hope, explanation and foundation for living. Scripture is God’s truth for His world. Its words bring life. Its pages confirm the possibility of forgiveness, salvation, renewal and empowering for living as God intends His people to live. Its messages are never exhausted. There is always more to find, more to take in, more to live by. To explore Scripture is to embark on an adventure that goes on and on, challenging both mind and heart and promising God’s presence throughout the journey.
The psalmist was convinced of its value: “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). In the same psalm we read: “Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (v. 89). Writing to Timothy in the early days of the Church, the Apostle Paul declared that the holy Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
With numerous translations of the Bible available to help our understanding, we may reflect on what William Booth said shortly after the Revised Version had been introduced in 1881: “I want to see a new translation of the Bible into the hearts and conduct of living men and women.” If the word of God is to rule our lives we must study it, heed it—and live by it!
God sent His Son—the Word of God—to speak His words personally. We have some of those life-giving words recorded for our guidance and inspiration in the New Testament.
Life-giving though His words were and are, Jesus knew that words alone were not enough to meet the need of mankind. Ultimately He spoke supremely through His sacrificial death on the cross. The word was love—unconditional, total, self-giving love. The Word spoke with His life.
Robert Street, Called To Be God’s People