Summary: To show that the word of god is profitable or useful for mankind.
Profiting in the Word of God
The word of God is powerful
The word of God is living
The word is like a two edged sword
The word is like a hammer
The word is quick
The word is Spirit
The Word is Jesus
God gave us His word for many reasons:
• To profit us in every aspect of life
2 Tim.3:16 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
2Tim.3:16 – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”
To equip us for godly and prosperous living
Joshua 1:6-8: –"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
To bring us into our inheritance as His children
Psalm 105:17-22: “and he sent a man before the Joseph, sold as a slave. 18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, 19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true. 20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. 21 He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, 22 to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.
However, the Word cannot work alone – we need faith to make it operational.
Heb.4:2 – “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘they shall never enter my rest.’ "And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.”
Rom.10:16-21 – “But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message? 17Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. 18But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: "Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.“ 19Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, "I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.“ 20And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.“ 21But concerning Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."
For faith to receive or profit by the Word of God, we must be convinced of the authenticity and reliability of the word.
Any form of doubt about the truth of the Word will weaken and ultimately nullify our faith.
It is important to know that
1.The Bible is God’s own word; not invented stories
2 Pet.1:16 – “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." 18We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
2. God’s seal of authorship is on the Bible
Isa.55:8-11 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, “declares the LORD. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”