Knowing the purpose of the word of God should be the aim of every true Christian because it is only then that one can truly get to live up to the will of God as well as attain His expectations.
Depending on how deeply you study and understand the Bible which contains the word of God, there could be just one or several purposes of the word of God you will discover.
And on this sermon, I am going to, by the Spirit of God, help you to know the real purpose of the word of God.
To achieve this aim, this sermon shall help you to know the biblical meaning of the word of God.
And before we finally look at the purpose of the word of God, we will really get to understand or know what object represents the word of God.
What is the biblical meaning of the word of God?
In John 1:1-18, the Bible makes it clear that the word was in the beginning with God and the word was God. It further reveals that everything on Earth was created or made through the Word.
Reading down we discover how a man named John was sent by God to bear witness to the Word. And verse 14 shows how the word became flesh and dwelt among human beings. While verse 17 reveals the word as Jesus Christ.
So in essence, Jesus Christ is the word of God that was at the beginning with God. That was why during creation God said in Genesis 26 God told the Word that they should make man in their own image and likeness.
Hebrews 4:12-13 clearly shows the biblical meaning of the word of God when it clearly states that “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are made and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Finally, the Bible reveals Jesus as the biblical meaning of the word of God in Revelations 19:11-13 which says:
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He [a]had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2019%3A11-13&version=NKJV
Which object represents the word of God?
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Bible says that the scripture was inspired by God… And as we all know, the Christian scripture is nothing else but the Bible.
In John 6:63, Jesus said that the words He spoke to us are spirit and they are life. And as we also know, the words of Jesus are found recorded in the synoptic gospels of the New Testament in the Bible which are Mathew, Mark, and Luke, and also in the book of John.
Thus, the Bible is the object that represents the word of God.
The purpose of the word of God.
The purpose of the word of God is simply why the word of God exists and they are:
- The word of God exists for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instructions for right living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
- Every event recorded in the word of God was made to serve as an example for people from generation to generation. 1 Corinthians 10:11.
- Teachings from the word of God exist to give the believer patience and encouragement to be hopeful. Romans 15:4.
- Explanation of the word of God gives wisdom to the ignorant. Psalm 119:130.
1. The word of God exists for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instructions for right living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The scripture in this point states that: 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
In John 17:17 our Lord Jesus reveals that the word of God is truth, which means that everything written down in the Bible was confirmed to have happened or existed.
Even though we understand parables as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, those stories are actually true life stories that must have happened somewhere.
Now the most important point to note is verse 17 which says that after the man of God knows the truth, is able to rebuke his own or others’ errors as well as also correct faults and live with instructions to right living, he will be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
This in essence means that it will be hard for people to wrongly accuse him.
2. Every event recorded in the word of God was made to serve as an example for people from generation to generation. 1 Corinthians 10:11.
In this particular point, the scripture states: 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
Going up to the preceding verses of the above chapters we discover the following punishment that was meted out to the forefathers of the Israelites:
- In verse 7 some of them became idolaters.
- Verse 8 shows that some of them were sexually immoral and because of that twenty-three of them were killed in one day.
- In verse 9 some of them tempted God and were destroyed by serpents.
- And finally, verse 10 reveals that some of them complained and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Thus, the Bible is trying to show us that if we perform the same actions, the same punishment also awaits us.
3. Teachings from the word of God exists to give the believer patience and encouragement to be hopeful. Romans 15:4.
In the above scripture, the Bible says: “for whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope”.
Every challenge or situation you will have or face in this life will have an instance or example in the Bible.
And it is from this that the Christian will derive the patience and encouragement which will help them wait on God and in the end receive what they want from Him.
For example, we see in the book of Esther how Haman, who was evil built a hallow to kill Mordecai, who was a faithful man of God; but in the end, he and his whole family were hanged in that gallow instead of Mordecai.
Learning about this kind of biblical story will encourage the modern-day Christian to live with the confidence that his enemies will suffer the same evil thy intend upon him.
Explanation of the word of God gives wisdom to the ignorant. Psalm 119:130.
As a matter of fact, the scripture is not meant to be taken in its literal form alone because of its parabolic and mystical nature. That is why the Bible says in Psalm 119:130 that the explanation of the word of God gives wisdom to the ignorant.
In essence, when the word of God is properly explained to someone, that person will gather enough understanding that will cause him to obey what the word of God says.
That is why the scripture says in Psalm 119:34: “give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.