2 Timothy 3:15-17—You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Jesus is the beginning and the end. Everything we need to know about God is in His Word, the Bible. This is how He has chosen to reveal Himself to us so that we can learn the story of redemption He set into motion at the time of Creation. He shows us who He is and who He created us to be.
Luke 2:41-47—Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.
When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Knowledge is great, but it’s not just about knowing all of the right answers. When Jesus was twelve, He sat in a temple with many religious teachers, asking questions and giving answers. He wasn’t a know-it-all, but was curious and engaged with them on the things they were talking about. Knowledge by itself will puff you up and destroy you, but combine it with love, and it will build up not only you but also those around you.
The Bible teaches us the truth about both God and ourselves. It helps us realize that we have missed the mark of His glorious standard, and how we can get back into a right relationship with Him. It shows us that God has designed every human uniquely so that His wisdom can be displayed not just to those of us on Earth, but to all of the spiritual powers as well.
We can’t know Him outside of His Word; let Him be the one to shape you, rather than any of the other influences on your life. When we take the knowledge we can gain from the Bible and apply it to our lives, we allow God to be the one who shapes our soul.