For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
As usual, the written revelation of God, the Bible, finds itself under attack not only by the skeptics of the world but also by the church. These empty attacks are neither new nor novel. The latest stems from a view that the Old Testament is too hard for seekers of our day to understand or process. The call is for New Testament Christianity. I won’t ramble on since this verse from Romans is so clear.
Paul is writing to the very young church in Rome – a church composed of both Jews and Gentiles and a group that He does not know very well. Still, he does not hesitate to speak of the authoritative word of God as contained in the Old Testament. It is for their instruction in order to bring perseverance and encouragement so that they might have hope. Yes, the Old Testament is to be studied by seeking believers in order to teach them what it means to be a follower of God. It is authoritative and trustworthy. It brings encouragement and hope. It is the Word of God.
We must never shy away from the truth of all Scripture. It was given by God for our good and we must never make excuses for it. God has always provided written instruction for His people. The Bible has been tested throughout the years and continues to stand.
Many have spent much time worried about so called inconsistencies; yet, it still stands. Maybe we Christians need to spend more time being amazed by the supernatural consistencies of this amazing book and how its truth convicts and changes us rather than worrying about a few so-called difficult passages that leave us a bit puzzled. The overarching story of Scripture is clear. When anyone reads the Bible, including the Old Testament, the result is rarely confusion and often conviction. I wonder sometimes if maybe we seek to raise questions about certain sections of Scripture in order to give ourselves an out on some of those truths we just don’t like and aren’t willing to follow. I just wonder. That’s all.
Study God’s written revelation. All of it. You will be amazed at what truth can do for your life and, more importantly, for the life that follows this one.