What is The Bible? Part 2
The Bible is God’s revelation to us. This means that if we want to know about God, who He is, what He’s done and what He says about life, then our first port of call should be the Bible. The Bible does two big things: it shows us who God is, and it shows us who we are. And those two things should be at the forefront of our thinking when we read the Bible. A child does not need a list of rules and regulations on how to relate best to its father. And so our goal should be primarily to get to know who God is, because then we’ll know how to relate to Him. And then we should allow the Bible to speak to us about the nature of humanity, the human heart and the human condition. From there, we will understand more and more about who we are and therefore what we need. We will understand what God says about us, which is far more important than what anyone else says about us.
The Bible is not a self-help book that tells you how to live a good life. The Bible is firstly and foremostly an autobiography, a book that God has written to us about God! It does not say “God helps those who help themselves”. Instead, it’s message is “God helps those who cannot help themselves!” The Bible reveals the God is a God of grace, throughout the whole Bible. He is not angry in the Old Testament and all lovely in the New Testament. No, He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and getting to know that God is the whole point of the Bible. When you read the Bible, pray the question, “God, what does this show me about you?” and watch your life go to new levels over time.