Some people don’t believe that the Bible is God’s revealed word to mankind. I know by experience that it is!
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
When Paul was writing the letter to the Colossians (sometime between AD 61-63), the Gospel of Mark was probably the only Gospel written. When Paul talked about receiving Christ, being rooted and built up in Him, he was talking about the Person of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures validate and confirm what we know to be true in our hearts. Paul states in Colossians 2:6-7,
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Another point of interest is that Paul didn’t tell them to live FOR Christ, but to live IN Christ. Yet, Christ is in us, so which is it? Well, it’s both. The partnership we began with the Father through the Son by way of the Holy Spirit is just that, a partnership. We do things WITH Christ as He guides us, counsels us, and encourages us to keep walking in step with Him, and to keep fighting the good fight of faith. How do we fight? By taking every thought captive to Christ,
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
That verse comes from yet another one of Paul’s letters, as does walking in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).
I read the Bible to learn, but I also read it to hear. I trust the Bible because I trust its writers. They knew Jesus Christ personally. I also trust the Holy Spirit who speaks to me through the Scriptures. That in itself is enough to convince me. The rest of my faith comes through experience. The truths that Paul taught in his letters bear fruit in my life. I am more like Jesus because I practice Paul’s truths, as well as Matthew’s, Mark’s, Luke’s, John’s, Peter’s, and the writer of Hebrews’ truths.
I trust the Old Testament because I have no reason to doubt it. Jesus trusted it as well as Paul, and they knew it inside and out. If it’s good enough for them, then it’s good enough for me.
I trust the leaders of the church in AD 325 at the Counsel of Nicaea who canonized the Scriptures. Although the Orthodox and Catholic churches have a few other books that they consider to be canon-worthy, we all at least have the same 66 books in our Bibles. It’s not that the counsel decided which books to put in the Bible; they took the ones that Christians had been reading for years and were universally accepted as Scripture. We’ve had no real reason to doubt their decision. We may not understand all that is in the Bible, but that’s to be expected with our limited point of view:
- Our lives are less than 100 years long, so we didn’t live back when they were written;
- We live in a different culture,
- speak a different language,
- and live in a different country.
As Colossians 2:6-7 says, the key to following Jesus is living a life of thankfulness. Our relationship with Him is worth anything and everything. Let us strive to learn more, grow more, and converse more with Jesus.
Abba, I am thankful. The more I know of You, Your plan, and how much You love me, my thankfulness overflows. Please ground me in the truth of Your Word. I know that I will be strengthened in the faith. Teach me, O Lord, I pray. Amen.