E....Emmanuel, God with Us
R...Reality of Truth
This is the last of the gifts I will blog about, and I am not sure how to express the vital element of Scripture in our lives. God's Word is one revelation of Himself to the world; I say one because the foremost revelation of God Himself is Jesus Christ*. The Scriptures, the Holy Bible, bring us life because they bring us to Jesus: "the Holy Scriptures—are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15).
People have described Scripture in many ways—a love letter from God our Father, a guidebook for life, the story of God and His people. It is all this and more. It is the sword of the Holy Spirit which He wields to convict, direct, challenge and comfort us:
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16).
"How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word" (Psalm 119:9).
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path" (Psalm 119:105).
"My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your word" (Psalm 119:28).
I don't think I could write a better tribute to God's Word than what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119, so I encourage you to read and meditate on that Psalm. I wish I could express the incredible gift Scripture has been for me, but I will echo the Psalmist—Lord, "Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart!" (Psalm 119:111).
*God also reveals Himself to us in creation, through other Christians and by the testimony of the Holy Spirit to our spirit.