Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 2:13-15
“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” (I Thessalonians 2:13)
When the people in Thessalonica heard the Word of God, they accepted it for what is truly is — the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God because it is inspired by God Himself — “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16,17).
The word “inspired” comes from the Greek word theopneustos, which is a compound word meaning “God-breathed.” The Scriptures came from the creative work of God, not man. God inspired the writers of the Scripture as the Holy Spirit breathed the words to them, so that what they wrote was exactly what God intended. Therefore, the Bible has divine authority because God is its Author.
When we read the Bible, we are to receive its message and accept it for what is truly is — the Word of God. We must also remember how powerful the Word of God is. Paul reminded the Thessalonians that God’s Word was at work in them — “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Reading and meditating upon the Word of God is essential for our spiritual growth. It teaches, reproves, corrects and trains us. It is God’s sword that penetrates our hearts.
O Holy Spirit, thank You for the Bible. I know that You are the Author of it. The Word is a lamp unto my feet. Let me be faithful in reading and meditating upon it. Please open my heart to grasp its truths and let me submit to its teaching.
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