You may have heard the Bible referred to before as the “Living Word” of God. By committing your life to Christ, you have chosen to follow in His footsteps. But we live in a world that came so many hundreds of years after His death on the cross, so how do we follow His ways and His teachings in our modern world? The answer is to turn to the Living Book, the Bible. To continually learn and grow as Christians, and to learn how to live a life worthy of the salvation we have been granted through Christ, it is important to not just read the Bible, but to take the time and actually go through bible study lessons and take time to learn the messages God is giving us through His word.
Going to The Source
When it comes to learning to follow in the footsteps of Christ, there are church teachings and theology guides aplenty, especially now that we have the internet. There are often excellent bible study lessons and teachings to be found, but none of them can be as great as going straight to the source for instruction on how to live a Christ-like life. The Bible is a record of God’s teachings and, as they come from God, are infallible. According to Proverbs 30:5, “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” The Bible is meant to be a document of God’s teachings to His people, and a guide to follow, so we may live a life worthy of His love and sacrifice for us. The teachings in scripture are a way for us to live so that we may find comfort and protection within God’s love for us. In that regard, we know the Bible, as a record of God’s teachings, is infallible because, according to verse 6 of the same scripture, Proverbs tells us, “Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and prove you a liar.”
Along those lines, we also know that the Bible is a complete record. In Revelations 22:18-19, God also provides this instruction: “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Studying the Bible is important because it is a complete record of God’s lessons for us; nothing needs to be added or taken away and, as Revelations tells us, doing so will only earn God’s ire. So, if you seek a way to grow closer to God, the best way to do so is to take the time to go through bible study lessons and learn as much as you can from God’s Living Word.
The Living Word
Since the books of the Bible were all written out centuries ago, why is it called the Living Book? This isn’t a term that humanity simply started using on a whim. We get this title directly from the Bible itself. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The Bible is not just a record, but a collection of God’s lessons for us, and one which is “alive and active” so we can continue learning and growing from it so many years after it was recorded. The reason we should all make time for bible study lessons, prayer, and time learning God’s word is also an instruction we received from God. The next verse, Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” All that we do in life, God sees. In order to live a life worthy of His salvation, we need to study the Living Word.
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