The Bible, the word of God, provides all humankind with the knowledge and the faith they need to receive God's salvation and be regenerated by God's life. Reading the Bible also teaches us many things about God, Christianity, Jesus and His Word. In order to understand and appreciate the Bible and Bible Literature, it is important to know the historical context as well as many other factors. This paper will discuss the importance of reading the Bible and how to understand it and use what we read in the Bible and apply it to our everyday life.
It is only through the Word that people can receive Jesus Christ into their hearts. Only the Bible contains the spiritual facts that make it possible for God to be revealed in readers, who then know and possess God. The more Christians read the Bible and pray accordingly, the more they come to know and possess Him. Once saved, believers need the Word for spiritual nourishment so they can grow and be perfected and equipped for God's work. The Apostle Paul wrote of the Word's central role in a letter to his young coworker in 2 Timothy (3:15-17) “… and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS
It is important to value that Christ is the theme of both the Old and New Testaments for it is only through Him that we can have both eternal life and life abundantly (John 10:10). The Old and New Testaments contain four divisions. The Old Testament’s
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divisions are 1.) Law or the foundation of Christ, 2.) History or preparation for Christ,
3.) Poetry or aspiration for Christ and lastly 4.) Prophecy or the expectation of Christ.
It is also essential to understand that the Old Testament lays the foundation for the coming of the Messiah Savior anticipating Him as Prophet, Priest, and King and as the suffering Savior who must die for man’s sin before He reigns .The