BCL Grow: At Work in You — 1 Thessalonians 2:13
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (Revelation)
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.— 1 Thessalonians 2:13
“In its redemptive-historical sense, the canon [Bible] is not the product of the church; rather the church is to be the product of the canon. Although the canon certainly shows what the apostles and the early church believed, its main significance is not that but that it embodies the revelatory Word of God.” — Herman N. Ridderbos, Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures, p. 25.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: What does it mean that the Bible is the word of God? How does Scripture “work in you”? (1 Thess. 2:13).
2. Remember: Though the Bible has multiple human writers, there is one divine author, God the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21). This means that the Bible is God’s word that accomplishes all that he wills—in other words, his word makes things happen especially in those whose ears and hearts he opens to hear it (Isa. 55:11). In his word, the Bible, God reveals himself and the unfolding of his redemptive plan through his Son, Christ Jesus (John 5:39). His word gathers his people and unites them to Christ who is building his church on the foundation of the prophets and apostles. (Eph 2:19-20).
3. Rejoice: Rejoice that God has graciously given us his word contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Be grateful that his word is a saving word. Immerse yourself in it, meditate on it, and delight in it, for in it is found light and life and love.
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