What Does The Bible Teach About #5

    THE SCRIPTURES

    The Bible Teaches That …
    1. ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible was written by holy men of God who "spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:21). In the book of Hebrews, we read: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds" (Hebrews 1:1-2).

    In these passages of scripture we learn that the Bible is inspired of God; that holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. In the verses mentioned from Hebrews, we find that God in times past spoke to the fathers by the prophets but in the New Testament days spoke through Christ. Jesus, in turn, gave the apostles both His commission to discharge and the Holy Spirit through which they had power to proclaim and write the inspired word of God.

    As a result, we today have the Bible which is written by the will and knowledge of God, and exactly in the way which He desired it to be written so that the truth and the truth only, would be given to us.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    2. WE MUST NOT HAVE ANY OTHER DOCTRINE OR CREED. Concerning some who had not been satisfied to do His will and to follow the commandments given by God, Jesus said, "But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9).

    Paul said: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:8).

    John taught: "Whosoever transgresseth (goeth onward, Revised Version), and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." (2John 9).

    Therefore, we conclude that we must read and study the Bible and follow it exactly as it leads. We must not believe in creeds.

    Many today have creed books, articles of faith, and various man-made doctrines which they follow; but the Bible teaches that we must not follow such teachings. We must follow the Bible and do just as it is given in the inspired scriptures.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    3. WE MUST STUDY THE INSPIRED SCRIPTURES IN ORDER TO BE APPROVED OF GOD. In the book written to Timothy (2 Timothy 2:15), the apostle Paul wrote to the younger man and said: "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the world of truth."

    This should convince every Christian that he must study in order tat he will be able to understand the teachings of the Bible and be able to follow them just as they are given. If we will do this, we will be approved of God. It we should fail, then naturally we would not be approved of Him. Since this is true, then we definitely should spend time day after day and perhaps everyday, in order to learn and do the things that God has commanded through His word.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    4. PEOPLE ARE TO BE COMMENDED; WHO STUDY THE BIBLE DAILY. In Acts 17, we find that the apostle Paul had come to the city of Berea on his second missionary journey and the scriptures teach in verse 11, that: "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

    This is the attitude that you should take as you live from day to day. When you hear the gospel preached on the radio or from the pulpit, you should examine it and search the scriptures to see if it is true. If it is, then accept it; if not, reject it as false and tell those who are teaching it falsely. In this way, you will help them and yourself too.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    5. IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE ZEALOUS AND STILL BE IN DANGER OF BEING LOST. In the Old Testament, God said: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6).

    In Romans 10:2, Paul said; "For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge."

    Remember this as you make your efforts to serve God. It is entirely possible that you want to serve God with all your heart, and this is wonderful; however, remember that your service to God must be according to knowledge. In John 8:31-32, Jesus said to certain Jews who believed on Him: ”If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

    Be a student of the Bible. Read it as often as you can. Read it carefully and with an open mind so that when you learn things which are not clouded by prejudice, you will learn to accept the truth.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    6. THE WORD OF GOD IS POWERFUL. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12).

    Paul teaches that: "The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)

    Jesus said: "Go and preach the gospel to every creature, he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." (Mark 16:15-16).

    Therefore, you must hear the gospel, believe it with all your heart, and be baptized into Christ, as the Bible commands, in order to be saved. Then you must also continue to study and follow the teaching of the scriptures that you might receive an eternal reward in heaven.

    Do not delay obeying the gospel of Christ. If you know what to do, then do it by all means. If you do not know whom to contact, just write your desire at the end of this lesson and someone will assist you as soon as possible.

    Section 1 - Type in the scriptures.

    Question 1 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God."

    Question 2 "Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

    Question 3 "But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

    Question 4 "Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."

    Question 5 "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

    Question 6 The Bereans "searched the scriptures daily, whether these things were so."

    Question 7 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

    Question 8 "For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God but not according to knowledge."

    Question 9 "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."

    Question 10 "For the word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

    Section 2 - Yes or No

    Question 1 Is all scripture given by inspiration of God?
    YesNo

    Question 2 Did the holy men of God speak without inspiration, in the Bible?
    YesNo

    Question 3 May we follow just any doctrine or creed?
    YesNo

    Question 4 Is there more than one doctrine or creed for us to follow if we want to please God?
    YesNo

    Question 5 Is it necessary to study to show ourselves approved of God?
    YesNo

    Section 3 - True or False

    Question 1 People were commended in the Bible because they searched the scriptures daily.
    TrueFalse

    Question 2 It is not possible to be zealous and still be wrong.
    TrueFalse

    Question 3 We can be disciples of Jesus without continuing in His word.
    TrueFalse

    Question 4 The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation.
    TrueFalse

    Question 5 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16).
    TrueFalse

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