Summary: Hopelessness is everywhere. Experts predict that depression will be the second-leading reason to see a physician by 2020. It is spreading like a virus… what can we do? The answer is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible not only contains hope – but
Hopelessness is everywhere. Experts predict that depression will be the second-leading reason to see a physician by 2020. It is spreading like a virus… what can we do? The answer is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible not only contains hope – but it is hope! It is powerful, it is profitable, and it comes with a promise…
1 The Profit of the Word of God
It may be out of style – but it’s never out of date! Relativism has stolen the authority out from under Christianity, and in so doing has stolen the hope from the Christians. Declaring the Bible as non-absolute truth has terrible consequences for us spiritually & emotionally. Without a foundation, we have no certainty – no solid footing. Without the rock of truth, then we begin to allow worry to creep in. It becomes up to you and me to make truth for ourselves. We become as God and feel in control. When things go wrong – we stress out and don’t know how to handle it. But thank God that’s not really the way it is! Matthew 5:18 says, “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” It is eternally absolute. It is truth without any mixture of error. This is the Word of God (like Jesus); it is as Divine as Christ and as human as Christ (without sin).
The Bible is trustworthy… in 588 BC, Ezekiel prophesied that Tyre would be destroyed and that the city would be ‘scraped’ – no rubble, no stones, no timbers would remain (Ezekiel 26). Ten years later, Nebuchadnezzar conquered the land and laid waste to the city, burning the town, killing the women, capturing the youth – exactly as it was foretold. Yet one prophecy remained undone – the ‘scraping’ until it was the like a smooth rock where fishermen would spread their nets. But nearly 1,000 years later, Alexander the Great, in an attempt to conquer the land by building a causeway through the bay, pushed all the rubble into the sea. In addition, he drug hug timbers (cedars of Lebanon) across the old city to help build his road through the sea, scraping Tyre of every last remnant of the old city. Now it is a place where fishermen spread their nets!
The Bible is profitable for doctrine (teaching & instruction). Who should we teach? Who needs the instruction? Children. New converts. Seasoned saints. Lost souls. Comfortable Christians. The mission field. We all do! It is also profitable for reproof (conviction by evidence). When we sin and get sidetracked, we need a greater reality to show us the way back. The Bible is the greater truth than our situation to point us where we need to be. The Bible is also profitable for correction (restoration). After sin has had its jaws in a soul, Satan will slither away leaving many scars of a regretted past. It is the Word of God that can restore a person. It is the promised of God that gives hope and lifts us out of a pit. It is God’s truths that heal and cleanse our wounds like no other. But that’s not all – the Bible is profitable for instruction in righteousness (maturing & nurturing). Interestingly, this word is the same word as ‘chastening’ in Hebrews 12.