There are so many uses of the Bible today. People use it to support their opinions. People also use it to judge others. But the only beneficial use of the Bible is to point to Christ, to point to his gospel.
Some claim to use the Bible to teach the word of God. But, instead, if anything is taught at all it’s so far from the word of God. The word of God is Christ, and no other.
You can pick almost any verse of the Bible and show Christ. But when it comes to the old testament, you have to unveil it. The unveiling can’t be done by simply reading. It has to be done through the gospel. Otherwise, it points to anything else but the gospel.
If we say the whole Bible is the word of God, then we have to dismiss all the characters of the Bible and take their words as if it was God saying it. And that is entirely wrong to even consider.
However, this is how we understand the Bible to be the word of God. The Bible has many books. The Spirit that encourages each book to be written is God’s. If a man goes on expounding on his limits, but acknowledges God in the end, that’s God being glorified. Each book glorifies God. But neither every book nor every verse spells out the gospel. That is one critical understanding that every Bible teacher needs to grasp.
Truthfully, Jesus never sent his disciples to teach the Bible, but to teach only what he has commanded.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Above every story in the Bible, above every record, above every fact, the gospel is the one that glorifies God the most. It is through the gospel that I’ve come to know the love of God for me. Every verse in the Bible finds their utmost value only through the gospel. Blessed be my Lord, Jesus, Amen.