Do you love the Bible? That question lies at the core of all things pertaining to salvation? If you do not believe that, consider 2 Thessalonians 2:10 as it speaks about, “those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” Without a love for the truth, what happens? We become gullible, believing any lie we are told (2 Thess. 2:11). We are like ships caught in a storm, tossed to and fro, being carried about with every wind of doctrine and trickery of man (Eph. 4:14). So, do you love the Bible?
LOVE DRIVES US TO SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES
As Paul and Silas came to Berea, they met some Jews who are described as being “more fair-minded” or “noble” than those where the two men had been previously. These good examples, “received the Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Do you think these individuals would have searched so diligently if they had not loved the truth? Probably not. Thankfully, they loved the truth, and it is no wonder what would follow – “Therefore many of them believed” (Acts 17:12). Love drives us to search the Scriptures.
LOVE DRIVES US TO SEARCH AND UNDERSTAND
In the epistle to the Ephesians, we read, “How that by revelation He [God] made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already)” (Eph. 3:3). What was the mystery? It was not a mystery like we think of something being mysterious today. It is more the idea that something that was not revealed, now was. God’s plan was being put into action. Jews and Gentiles were coming together in one body (Eph. 2:14). The Old Law was just that, old (Eph. 2:15). The Cornerstone had been laid and the true temple of the Lord was being built upon it (Eph. 2:21). How difficult this transitional time must have been! The disciples must have needed so much help! And guess what? The Lord provided. As the Holy Spirit revealed through the apostles the mind of God, what could the early Christians do? “…By which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has not been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets… (Eph. 3: 4,5). They could read and understand. Ignorance is no excuse. Love drives us to search the Scripture and understand God’s will.
LOVE DRIVES US TO SEARCH, UNDERSTAND, AND SHARE
An oft-quoted passage, written to Timothy is 2 Timothy 3: 15-17. “And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” If Timothy knew these things from childhood, who taught him? Scripture helps us out. Paul begins the letter with, “I thank God… when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also” (2 Tim. 1: 4,5). What had Timothy’s mother and grandmother done? They had shared Scripture. They had taught Timothy, even as a child. That is what love does. Love shares. When people do not share the gospel with others, there are two possible reasons. 1.) They do not love the person or 2.) They do not love the Bible. Sadly, the second reason is usually the reason, if we are being honest. Let us love as we should. If we will, it will drive us to share the gospel with others.
Consider this – Love of the Bible is what separates us from the demons. James tells us that the demons believe, and tremble (Jam. 2:19). Why do they not obey? They believe, the word here is the word for faith. Why are they not saved? Why do they not obey? One reason is because there is a difference between knowing the truth and loving the truth. The devil knows Scripture, judging from Christ’s temptation (Matt. 4:6), but does he love Scripture? Hardly.
Love of the truth is what paves the way for faith that is pleasing to God. It is at the core of all things pertaining to salvation because the truth is what leads to faith (Rom. 10:17). It is a manifestation of and from God as “In the beginning was the Word…” (Jn. 1:1). Scripture is the only way we truly know God, His Son, or His Spirit, the Spirit of truth (Jn. 14:17). It is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). Given all this, how do people treat their Bibles? They used to be left in the car, or on a shelf, or on a pew. Now? Now it is relegated to the third or 4th screen to the right, downloaded from the cloud. The Bible is readily available, and yet rarely read, rarely studied, rarely shared. Why? It not due to a lack of availability. It is a lack of love.
So, do you love the Bible?
God hopes so and we do too!
In Christian love and encouragement,