March 11, 2007

The Book for Any Age

2 Timothy 3:14-17

From infancy you have known the holy Scrip?tures, which are able to make you wise ... 2 Timothy 3:15


Do you remember when you saw the Bible for the first time? If you come from a Christian home, you probably don't. When I was growing up in the former U.S.S.R., however, the Bible was banned. Only a few peo?ple had one. I saw my first Bible when I was 16. It belonged to my friend's grandfather, a devout Baptist.

I still remember how my friend pulled this precious Book from its hiding place--and for a few brief mo?ments I flipped through its pages. But soon my friend took the Bible from me and hid it again. Two years later I managed to acquire a Bible of my own. Needless to say, I couldn't stop reading it!

Today's verses tell us that Timothy learned the Scriptures from a very young age. What a blessing that must have been! Those of us who didn't grow up in a godly home often feel somewhat disadvantaged. But in a sense, we are blessed much more than Timothy. He had access only to the Old Testament. Today we can study the Bible in its entirety!

Inspired by God, the Bible has many uses. The most important of those is that it makes us "wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." By studying the Scrip?tures, people of every age can acquire godly wisdom for their journey of faith. That's why this Book is so precious to sincere believers.

Father, thank you for giving us your holy Scrip?tures! Regardless of our age, help us study your Word daily so we can become wise for salvation through faith in Jesus. Amen.

About the author — Sergei Sosedkin

Sergei Sosedkin is the Russian-language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He is a native of Moscow, Russia. As he oversees the Russian-language ministry, Sosedkin works from our office in Grand Rapids and in various locations in Russia.

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