Monday, October 15, 2012

Representing the Scripture

It is very important as we use God’s Word that we are committed to saying no more and no less than what the Bible actually say. If we mishandle the Word of God, we misrepresent it, which ultimately misrepresents God’s character. This is why Paul challenged Timothy and told him to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). A key priority for unashamed, approved workers for Christ is to accurately interpret (“rightly divide”) God’s Word. As we study, we can depend on the Spirit, who inspired it, to give us understanding and wisdom. Through our words and actions, we have opportunity to represent God’s Word in ways that genuinely reflect God’s heart. That is one of the greatest privileges of our Christian life.