Yesterday we started a little series on what God does through His Word spoken and recorded for us.... the Bible.
A second and third thing God does through His word is...
2. Christians are convicted of sin and enabled to turn from it by the power of the Holy Spirit speaking through the Bible. Paul speaks of this in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Scripture teaches us in a general way, of course. But it also rebukes our sin, corrects us, and then leads us in righteousness.
3. Christians are sanctified, or made holy, through the Bible. Jesus spoke of this when he prayed to his Father in that great intercessory prayer for the church recorded in John 17: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (v. 17). To be sanctified means to be “set apart” for God and his purposes; it is what every Christian should be. Jesus says that we attain this commitment or orientation by our study of and obedience to God’s Word.