We know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the living Word (John 1:1-3, 14). Then what is the purpose of the written Word? Basically, of course, it is God’s method of communicating to His creation—man. However, it is much more. We take for granted that we must be in touch with our loved ones; therefore, we write letters, send telegrams, or in some manner “reach out and touch someone.” The written Word is God’s way of making His will known. It reveals His divine plan for the ages. It tells of His great love for sinners. It is divine history of how God has worked in the affairs of men and governments. It tells of the past and gives us a foreview of the future. It is spiritual yet practical in instructing us how to live and love. It is more, much more. It is GOD’S WORD. Possibly, the most definite portion that tells of the purpose of God’s Word is II Timothy 3:16-17:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
The important verse of Scripture that shows our responsibility to the Word is II Timothy 2:15:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.”
In the forthcoming lessons the truths conveyed in these verses will be followed in setting forth scriptural truths that are believed and firmly held. It is not intended that a “creed” or even a “statement of faith” will be established from our studies, but rather a forthright and concise presentation of Biblical truths that are necessary for growth and hope.