How important is it for us to love and cherish the Scriptures?

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It is vital for us to love the Scripture as having come from the mind, from the heart of God. God is our heavenly Father in Christ and he's speaking to us. And when Scripture speaks to us, we need to love what he's saying. And probably, there's no part of Scripture that displays this love for Scripture as much as Psalm 119. And the psalmist over and over says, "Oh how I love your law and meditate on it day and night. I eat your words, I ponder them; they are my food." And he just delights, verse after verse, 176 verses of delighting in the law of God. And I think to myself, how more should I as a New Testament believer delight in the whole counsel of God? We have better promises, the book of Hebrews tells us. We have the fulfillment of the life of Christ. And so, I can love whatever the writer of Psalm 119 loved, plus a whole lot more. And so, for me, to love the Scripture means that I love the God who gave it. And then, it means that I really delight to obey what he said. And more than anything, we are to love Scripture and its testimony to our Savior Jesus Christ. It says in John 1, "In the beginning was the Word." There's such a close link to the written Word of God and our experience of Christ. I don't know anything about Jesus except from Scripture. I can't learn about Jesus from clouds or mountains or rivers. I learn about Jesus from special revelation, from God communicating through Scripture who his Son is. And so, I love Scripture because it points me to Christ and gives me Christ. And I can feed on Christ as living bread by reading Scripture. So, it's really important for us to love Scripture.

Answer by Dr. Andrew Davis

Dr. Andrew Davis is Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Durham, NC and is Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.