The Textbook

At the beginning of every school year or semester, each student will obtain a textbook for the subject he/she is about to study. That book is the guide for the class. The teacher refers to it and suggests every student read it to gain the knowledge and understanding of the material covered. Without a reference book, the teacher’s efforts are hopeless, and the student lacks understanding.

In the realm of religion, only one TEXTbook is essential. Why? “Every scripture inspired of God is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (2 Timothy 4:16-17). From the beginning of His public life to its end, Jesus referred to this TEXTbook as God’s message and will from heaven.

It is written” or “That the scripture might be fulfilled” were the words Jesus used in support of His instructions and actions. These were HIs words of obedience. These words were His counsel. They became His only TEXTbook of learning, direction, and hope.

What are your means of spiritual learning and understanding? Whatever it is, it becomes the guide for your attitude, conduct, doctrine, and relationships. The sole, accurate source of spiritual learning and understanding is scripture. It is God’s textbook He assigned in the beginning of time to last one’s entire lifetime. There would be no need for a second, third, and fourth edition. No supplements or amendments would be necessary. Generation after generation, its commands and instructions would be relevant. It was given for man to have and hold His relationship with his Creator.

In God’s school of obedience, His Word, the Bible, is the only textbook. Increase your attention to its commands. Rejoice in its wise direction. Admire its wonderful blessings. You will never be deceived by its counsel. There will never be a doubt as to the peace, joy, and hope it provides. Learn every day from what the “Teacher,” Jesus Christ has given us through the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-13). Love it. Yield to it. Keep it.