New life doesn’t come from enlightenment. New life comes only from the message of the good news of Jesus, which God has unveiled and made known for anyone who is willing to listen. To believers Peter wrote, “For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23 NLT)
Here’s the blunt truth – mankind is hopelessly lost in sin, unable to saved ourselves or fix our mess. And into the middle of our mess, God has spoken. He has revealed Himself and His truth, which culminates in the message of the cross. Jesus died for sinners, paying our price, and then rose again in victory over sin, death, and the grave. This is our only hope, and this is the good news God has revealed for our redemption.
The Word of God is directly involved in our being born again to new life in Jesus. Without a word from God, we’d wander endlessly in our search for truth. But God has made His truth available to us by inspiring the Bible’s various authors, breathing His words through them as they wrote. And though it has been banned and burned in the fires of persecution for centuries, it survives, preserved for us today by the protection of the Father.
The Bible that often sits on a shelf in the closet or cooking on a car’s back dash between Sundays is the most precious possession we can own. It contains the message that transforms us, not just once when we are born again, but continually, daily, throughout eternity. It’s worth reading and heeding.