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Today’s 333 Devotional: “The Bible’s Purpose”
The Bible makes it clear that while man wrote down the words that are found within, God is the one who inspired those who wrote it.
“Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)
This was no different for the Apostle Paul when he was writing this account of Abraham’s faith. The Holy Spirit didn’t inspire Paul to write this so that Abraham could be glorified, but rather He wrote this so that we could hear of Abraham’s faith for ourselves so that we can have that same faith and be counted as righteous before God.
Paul said, “Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us” (Romans 4:23-24a). And Paul states the reason why later on in his letter, because “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
So, the Bible’s purpose is to record God’s thoughts and the story of His people so that we can know Him and His plan and purpose of our salvation through the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, so that all who believe in Jesus Christ by faith can be saved and accepted by God.
This was the Apostle John’s whole purpose in writing down his gospel account.
“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31)
Therefore, let’s take the time every day and read what God has so gracious given to us in His word, because it is written for our benefit.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
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