How the Bible Can Help You Part 2

Richard F. Ames

We all need to realize just how important the Bible is to us—personally and nationally! The history of the world teaches us the profound lesson that no great empire or nation will ever endure without strong spiritual character and integrity.

The Bible shows us the way to godly living and righteous character. All nations on earth should strive to live by it. George Washington, the first President of the United States, believed in that principle. He said: "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible" (Halley's Bible Handbook, p. 18).

We can only understand what George Washington meant if we truly understand what the Bible is. What does the Bible say about itself? "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Or as the NIV translation puts it, "All Scripture is God-breathed." The English Standard Version translates this verse: "Scripture is breathed out by God."

Our Creator wants us to know the true way to eternal life, and He has revealed that way in your Bible. The Bible offers many benefits for each and every human being.

Benefit 3: The Bible Teaches How to Find True Success, Fulfillment and Happiness

The Bible often illustrates the contrast between worldly ways and the ways of Jesus Christ. Notice this profound truth, spoken by Jesus Himself: "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

Jesus came that you might have life more abundantly! You can have abundant life—true success—if you acknowledge your Savior in all your thoughts and actions every day. Through Christ, true success can be yours. As the Apostle Paul wrote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). And notice this key to God's blessings: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5–6).

God promises to guide us along the path to life and success, every day, if we acknowledge Him. If you are not communicating with God, you are not acknowledging Him. Do you pray daily? Do you pray often each day? Do you follow the Apostle Paul's exhortation: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6)? If you do this, God will relieve you of your anxieties, and "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (v. 7). Acknowledge God in all your ways, and He will direct your paths!

The Bible gives us the true principles that will lead to success. We need to seek true values in life, not carnal, selfish, lustful values. King David was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22), and under God's inspiration he wrote many wonderful psalms. Notice this vital principle of success, which God revealed through David: "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:1–2).

David reveals the inspiring result of meditating on God's law and way of life: "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper" (v. 3).

The Bible reveals many other vital and exciting principles for successful living. Read chapters 5–7 of Matthew (often called the "Sermon on the Mount"). Read the Proverbs. As you learn the Bible principles for godly living, you will find true success, fulfillment and happiness.

Benefit 4: The Bible Reveals the Way to Life Beyond Death

Your Bible reveals the way to eternal life and salvation. After you die, will you live again? How do you know? Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote to the young evangelist Timothy: "But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:14–15).

Yes, the Holy Scriptures lead us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ! Notice two important points in this verse. First, Timothy was taught the scriptures in his childhood! If you are a parent, I hope you are teaching your children the Scriptures. Notice also that when Paul wrote this message to Timothy, the New Testament had not been completely written. The Holy Scriptures that Timothy studied as a child were the Old Testament. Paul praised the Old Testament as making Timothy "wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." The whole Bible—from beginning to end—is inspired by God, and is for Christians today!

You and I need salvation. We need forgiveness of our sins. Why? Because sin brings eternal death. Scripture tells us: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Our sinful life earns us death. But God sent a Savior into the world—Jesus Christ. He paid for our sins by His shed blood. If we follow the Savior's instructions, we can be forgiven of our sins. As Jesus Himself preached: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel!" (Mark 1:15). And notice what the Apostle Peter said: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission [forgiveness] of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).

Benefit 5: The Bible Reveals the Future!

We all want a happy and secure future. But is it possible? Can you have such a future? Years ago, before I became a Christian, I went through a time when I saw no hope for the future. All I could imagine was a world soon blown to pieces by nuclear superpowers.

Frankly, were it not for Jesus Christ's promise to intervene, this is what would happen! But God was merciful to me, and I learned that Jesus Christ will return to this earth and save the world from itself. If you read your Bible, and believe what God says, you can have hope for the future—for your future.

Bible prophecy reveals how God will intervene in world affairs. Bible prophecy also gives us the good news of our ultimate destiny. We have already seen that God's purpose is to prepare us for His Kingdom here on earth! True Christians will reign with Christ for a thousand years as kings and priests. True Christians will be transformed—born into the Kingdom of God—at the resurrection. That can be your future. The Apostle Paul wrote about the resurrection—the glorious event when Christ returns, when true Christians receive immortality and inherit the Kingdom of God: "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:50–52).

When Paul writes about the "last trumpet" he is writing about the seventh trumpet, mentioned in Revelation 11. That trumpet announces Christ's return to rule all nations: "Then the seventh angel sounded: and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!'" (Revelation 11:15).

What a glorious future God promises us! At the resurrection, we will become immortal. As Paul wrote: "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory'" (1 Corinthians 15:53–54).

God wants every human being to be in His family for all eternity. That is a glorious future. If God is calling you now, you need to know that future, and prepare for it!

In this series, we have briefly discussed five Bible benefits—five ways the Bible can help you. There are many other ways that the Bible can help you—and you will discover them if you make Bible study a daily part of your life. The Bible is not only a book for today, but it is also the book of the future. As Jesus said in Luke 21:33, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." Thank God that He has shared with us the truth and purpose of life. You will learn more about that life—and about your future—as you study your Bible.