In my last post I spoke on the importance of theology because it helps us grow in our understanding on who God is. Today, I would like to proceed by sharing that Theology matters because it helps us improve our understanding of Scripture. In studying the Word of God, one learns that it is a unified, inspired and sufficient work. These I will elaborate in this post. First, Scripture as a unified work. The Old and New Testaments are acknowledged as one big story, both making up the unity of Scripture. Additionally, it displays the story of redemption. Sure many have heard of the cross but what about leading up to it? What about all the types and shadows seen throughout the Old Testament? Or Messianic prophecies? All of these and more find fulfillment in Christ. And because it is a unified work, it is required to understand both. Neither one is more important than the other. To overlook one for the one, renders the unity of the Bible. It is to subject the book God gave to His church to one’s desires. Friends, that is not how the Bible should be treated. Sure it is a large book, but all the more reason to study it and meditate on it. Overall, one begins to see how it is interconnected.
It is amazing how the Old and New Testaments are 400 years apart yet it come altogether. How is this possible? Let us proceed to the 2nd point,
Secondly, Scripture is an inspired work.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work” -2 Timothy 3:16
“For no such prophecy was ever brought about through human initiative, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:21
Although written by men, Scripture has a divine touch. In doing so, it indeed becomes the Word of God because God speaks through it. You can even call it a divine dissertation as God ultimately is the author of Scripture. All other books cannot compare regardless of research or eloquence, it does not compare. In doing so, God is glorified as the Author of Scripture. And since God is the author of Scripture, we as His church should seek what our Heavenly Father/Divine Author has to say to us.
Moreover, since the Bible inspired, it is also timeless. Such truths have impacted generations upon generations as it speaks to humanity about who God is and what He has done.
Lastly, theology teaches us about the sufficiency of Scripture. Going back to 2 Timothy 3:16, we recognize that Scripture is all that we need. It is a means of grace for the church to walk before God. Sadly, this is overlooked. One of the greatest attacks is that Scripture isn’t sufficiency in the eyes of many Christians who rather deviate to outside sources. They’ll say “don’t put God in a box”, yet God has established a foundation in which we can stand on, which is His Word. It is not rocket science nor ambiguous. God has already laid it out for us. Here’s something worth thinking about, since God is sufficient so must His Word! To say otherwise is to render God insufficient since His Word “isn’t enough”.