It is impossible to exaggerate the place the Bible has in the life of the christian. It is not enough to believe that the bible in its entirety is God’s infallible word. It is not enough to read the bible as a devotional book. It is not enough to have a good knowledge of its contents. All these things are important, but they do not amount to an adequate view of the place of the bible in one’s life. The bible must be the rule of life. We must be under its rule and sway in every area of our lives, from the most public areas to the most private and intimate areas. It is our God-given instruction book. The bible not only shows us how to get RightWithGod, but it is a comprehensive guide to every area of our lives. The Psalmist says in Psalm 119, verse 105, “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path”. Our attitude should be, ‘The whole of the bible for the whole of life”. That is the way to true happiness for the christian. Yes, the whole of the bible, the Old Testament and the New add up to one word of God. Christ rules those whom he saves through His word. He speaks to them through His word. He leads them through His word. When He met the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, He said to them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures, the things concerning Himself”. This verse is worth reading intensely, weighing every phrase. It tell us something of extreme importance: The whole Old Testament speaks of Christ. The only bible they had at that point was the Old Testament. We now have the complete bible, the Old and New Testaments, God’s great gift to His church, to guide her in all matters of teaching, conduct, worship and every detail of the christian life. This enables us to live lives, as christians, which are pleasing to God, and that, for the true child of God, means true happiness.
After we are saved, we learn very quickly to recognise when things are not right between ourselves and God. We do not have the peace which we once had, and we do not enjoy God as we once did. We realise that, although God has not left us, and never will, his frown is upon us, rather than His smile. We need to get right with him by confessing our sins and genuinely repenting, so that the relationship is restored. There is no greater enjoyment in this life than knowing that we are able to delight in God, and that at the same time, He delights in us. This is all about being RightWithGod. Once we become Christians, we belong to God, and He takes a special interest in each one of us, not only in spiritual things, but in every aspect of our lives.