1 Timothy 3:14 says that the scriptures make you, “Wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”. Does that mean that when I receive salvation I don’t need the Bible anymore? The answer to that question is no. In this text, Paul is not only telling Timothy that the scriptures are what led him to salvation. Paul is saying more than that. He is saying that the scriptures currently make you wise unto salvation. The bible not only saves you by making you born again, but it continues to save you by sanctifying you. Being in the Bible regularly is one of the most important things you can do. If you are not in the Scriptures regularly, you are in danger. Let me give you two truths to show you what I mean.
- Perseverance is necessary for Salvation. Matthew 10:21-22, “Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Also see Romans 8:13, 8:17, Col. 1:22-23, Heb. 2:1-3, 3:12, 6:4, 1 John 2:19 Rev. 2:5-7, 2:17, 2:25-27, 3:5, 3:11-12, 3:21-22 and many more)
- God gave us his Word as a means of our perseverance. Jesus prays for our perseverance in John 17. He prays of us “keep them in your name” (v. 11) and “Keep them from the evil one” (v. 16). Then he gives us the way he is going to do it in v. 17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth”. As Christians who have received the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance, and as a provider of Joy in Christ, we will continue in the faith to the end through being sanctified by reading and enjoying the Word of God. (Read Psalm 119).
Application: Be in the word. If you are not in the scriptures daily, you will soon find yourself walking away from the faith. I would like to challenge you to read four chapters of the bible a day. Use a bible reading plan if that helps you. Or you can simply read one book of the bible at a time and soak in the riches of God’s wisdom and knowledge. No other book can claim to make you “wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”, and “complete, equipped for every good work” (1 Tim. 3:15-)
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6