Purpose Of The Scripture:
Purpose of the scripture is that reason behind the writing of the scripture. The scripture is not a book that was just written for the sake of it. Also it is not a romance book neither is it a book of war. However, it is important to state that for one to understand the scripture it is very important he understands the purpose of the scripture. When one understands the purpose of the scripture, it will be easier to handle it with all amount of carefulness. And if the purpose of the scripture is not understood, the tendency to abuse it is not likely to be averted. This is how Apostle Paul clearly made it known in his epistle to Pastor Timothy thus;
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“And 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. 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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 Timothy 3:15-17
In the above quotations the purpose of the scripture is rightly stated. And the implication of this is that whoever that is reading the scripture should have these things in mind. Let’s begin to unfold them one after the other. Here one of the purposes of the scripture is that the scriptures make one wise unto salvation. And this is done through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
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The Purpose of The Scripture Is Wisdom:
Therefore, any one reading the scripture should be targeting to be wise in the knowledge of salvation. This means he is supposed to be an expert in handling issues regarding salvation. He should not be a babe in the knowledge of salvation because the scripture makes him wise in it. In it, one has to find out that the scripture is written by men but by the inspiration of God. The inspiration of God here is the Spirit of God which is the spirit of truth.
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Another purpose of the scripture is that the scripture is profitable for doctrine. Now this is interesting because it is the core of the purpose of the scripture. That it is profitable for doctrine means it is a material useful for teaching. This is to say when one understands the scripture it makes him to be able to teach others. Or the scripture is for explanation and not for verbal oratory or motivational speeches. One has to state emphatically here that the word doctrine is nothing but the doctrine of Christ. Anything outside the doctrine of Christ is heresy or antichrist.
Reproof Is Another Purpose Of The Scripture:
The next purpose of the scripture as it continues to say is that the scripture is useful for reproof. That is to say that the scripture is a useful material for reproofing the believers. If any believer has done or gone wrong the only tool to reproof him or her is the scripture. The word reproof means to give evidence, that is to give evidence of whatever that is said from the scripture. This is important because, whatever that should be said in correcting a believer should have evidence from the scripture. The scripture therefore is the bases for reproofing a believer.
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Yet, another purpose of the scripture is that the scripture is useful for correction. That is to say if there is an erring believer the tool to bring him to order is the scripture. The word correction here simply means to set things in order. So in the case any behavioral misunderstanding or doctrinal issues from the scripture, things can be aligned properly. The next purpose of the scripture in line is that it is useful for instruction in righteousness. The word instruction in righteousness means to bring up, that to train someone and he or she gets matured in learning. So the scripture is used in making believers to possess the right living they should.
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The Scripture And The Man Of God:
And finally, it says the purpose of the scripture is for the man of God to be perfect and thoroughly furnished unto all good works. This is the theme of all that has been said. It means the purpose of the scripture is to equip the believer or the man of God to be perfect and thoroughly furnished for all good works. These are what the believer gains when he studies the scripture.
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However, it is apt to state here that all of the above cannot be done without focusing on the central theme of the scripture which on Christ. Therefore purposes of the scripture are geared towards Christ. The scripture is a not multipurpose book, and do not have an omnibus application. The scripture is a book that has a central theme and the central theme is Christ. In other words the scripture is a Christocentric book. The implication of this statement is that whatever that should be studied or learned should be done in the light of Christ. If Christ is taken away in the doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness one will definitely find himself landing in error.
Purpose Of The Scripture Is To Testify About Christ:
Let’s see what Jesus said to the Jews.
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
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In the above verse, Jesus said that the scripture testify of Him. That is the entire scripture gives evidence of Him. Whatever that the scripture says must be pointing to Him. Therefore, is impossible to teach the scripture without centering on Jesus Christ. What this means is teaching the scripture outside the purpose of the scripture. Notice that the scripture should not be used to spice up ideas because the scripture itself an idea. And that idea is Christ. Also Jesus said these words below to His disciples about the scripture and Him.
“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
The above quotations solidify the claims of Jesus Christ that the entire scripture is written about Him. That the main focus of the scripture is on Him and therefore, learning of the scripture should be done considering Jesus Christ as the focus.
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