Dillon Vogt’s Essay
The Bible, a “book”. Now as we all know the bible is more than an ordinary book. The bible contains the Law, and the gospel. The purpose of the Bible is to spread God’s word and to show us our sins, and most importantly to show us our savior, Jesus. The bible is used to Grow in faith, to make us wise for salvation, and to learn how to be a Christian.
The Contents of the bible, besides about 800,000 words, there is the Law and Gospel. Let’s start with the law. The Law shows us our sin, by telling us that we cannot be perfect, and that we ARE sinners. God gives everyone the law by writing it in our hearts. But he also had to give it to us a second time, because sin corrupted it- ruined gods law. He gave the law a second time so we could know exactly what his will is. He also gave it to us in the Bible. As we see in Deuteronomy 5:22 ” These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me”. The simplest summary of the law is Love God and your neighbor!
Now the Gospel. The difference between the law and the gospel is the Law is written in our hearts and the Gospel is revealed to us only in the bible.The gospel brings us to our savior, and the gospel makes us want to do God’s will, as we see in 2 Corinthians 5:14,15 “Christ’s love compels us…….. he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” God reveals us his word that he is holy, just, faithful, good, compassionate, gracious, loving and forgiving. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16
The Purpose of the Bible, is to spread his word, and to show us our savior. To spread his word is basically told in this one passage from Matthew. ” Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” So the way to spread the word is to baptize, and teaching. To show us our savior, In John ” Believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, that by believing you may live by his name.” So by believing we may come to know our savior.
The Bible’s Use. The Bible is used for Studying, to grow in our faith. To make us Wise for Salvation, and to learn how to be a good Christian.
Let’s start with Studying. Studying is going to Church, Catechism, Sunday School, Bible Study, and Personal Reading 2 Timothy 3:15 says ” how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” That passage leads us right into the next topic To make us wise for salvation.
To make us wise for Salvation. Salvation is Rescue or Deliverance: from sin, death and the devil accomplished by Jesus, our savior. The bibles chief purpose is to lead all people to God’s salvation. By the gospel we are lead to salvation. Romans 1:16 states ” I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” God desires Salvation for all.
My next and last topic is to teach us to be a good Christian. A Christian does good works. Good Works are simple god-pleasing doings, that are according to God’s will in his word. The reason we do Good Works is the love and thankfulness we give to God, which is little what we can do compared what he did for us. Died on the cross.