On the Abuse and Proper Use of Scripture

God’s word says much about itself. It claims to be inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16), able to save our souls (James 1:21), and forever enduring (1 Peter 1:25).

Powerful in its effects, it is like fire, like a hammer, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Jeremiah 5:14; 23:29; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12).

With such powerful benefits, it’s no surprise that Satan would oppose God’s word any way he can.

Influenced by Satan, there are those who:

  • Despise and reject God’s word (2 Chronicles 6:16; Isaiah 30:9-11).
  • Attempt to destroy it (Jeremiah 36:1-4, 20-32).
  • Distort it (2 Peter 3:15-16).
  • Use it deceitfully (2 Corinthians 4:2).
  • Invalidate it by human tradition (Mark 7:8, 13).
  • Add to or take from it (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6).
  • Prevent others from believing it (Luke 8:12; Acts 13:6-12; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

In contrast, if we use God’s word as He meant for us to use it, we will:

  • Love it (Psalm 1:1-3; 119:97, 127).
  • Study it diligently (Acts 17:10-12).
  • Receive it humbly (James 1:21).
  • Receive it as a divine, not a human message (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
  • Obey it (James 1:22-25).
  • Teach it to others (Ezra 7:10; Acts 18:26; 2 Timothy 4:2).

How then have we been using God’s word lately?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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