Summary: This sermon describes how the Bible is profitable for us.
WHAT THE BIBLE DOES FOR US
The Holy Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. Without the Bible, we
would know very little of the person and nature of God.
The Bible is the Word of God. “20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the
scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter
1:21). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God . . .” (2 Tim. 3:16). Over 2500 times
the expressions “the word of God,” “the word of the Lord,” “thus saith the Lord,” and
“the Lord said” appear in the Bible.
The Bible is referred to as a sword Heb. 4:12), the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17),
a hammer and a fire (Jer. 23:29), a lamp and a light (Psa. 109:105). It is milk for
spiritual infants (1 Peter 2:2) and meat for mature believers (Heb. 5:12-14).
First Timothy 3:16 tells us that the Bible is “profitable.” That means that reading,
studying, and practicing the Bible is good for us—it makes us better.
1. THE BIBLE IS PROFITABLE FOR SALVATION,
“15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to
make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (verse 15).
Timothy was well-acquainted with the scriptures, because his mother and grandmother
had taught them to him from the time he was a little child (2 Tim. 1:5). The Bible was
instrumental in Timothy’s salvation.
The Bible tells us of our need of salvation.
The Bible tells us that we are not righteous. “As it is written, There is none
righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10).
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
The Bible tells us that we are condemned sinners, and that “this is the
condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).
The Bible tells us that “ . . . Except a man be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
The Bible tells us the way of salvation.
While men devise many religions and propose many ways to get to Heaven, Jesus
said “ . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by
me” (John 14:6).
The Bible tells us that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
God” (John 3:16-18).
The Bible tells us how to have assurance of salvation.
Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
Jesus also said “27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow
me: 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any
man pluck them out of my hand. 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and my Father are one”
Jesus asked “36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
The Bible is profitable for us because it helps bring us to salvation.
2. THE BIBLE IS PROFITABLE FOR DIRECTION
“14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured
of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” (verse 14).
Timothy was a young man with many opportunities and many choices available to
him. His mother and grandmother had pointed him in the right direction. Paul, his
father in the ministry, had spent countless hours training and teaching him. Paul
encouraged him to continue in the same direction.
We have so much freedom with so many choices available to us. God allows us
to choose whether to trust Him and obey Him. We can choose whether to go to church
and what church to join. We can choose our friends. We can choose the person we will
marry. We can choose what kind of education and training we will pursue. We can