This is an excerpt from the first chapter of Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker.
Instead, if we are to be guided and guarded on our way through this life, it is to our Bibles, in reliance upon the Holy Spirit, that we must turn: “The Holy Scriptures…are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:15–17).
How is a child of wrath to be saved? What is it that changes our fundamental relationship to the world? What brings us out of the way of death and puts us onto the way of life, delivering us from the power of darkness and conveying us into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love (Col. 1:13)? It is through the Scriptures, which make us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
And how is the child of God to be kept from the evil one? How will you make your way in the world, knowing “how you ought to walk and to please God” (1 Thess. 4:1)? It is the Scriptures that equip us for the road.
What relief there is here for the determined-though-sometimes- bewildered, willing-but-often-exposed disciple of Christ! Here is realism about the persecutions we must endure and about the deceptions that will abound: “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:12–13). But here also is a firm anchor, a source of divine wisdom for salvation in its complete scope, a means for our entering in and our going on in the kingdom of God. Its quality—the breathed-out word of the living God—gives us confidence. Its utility for bringing wisdom for salvation to those who are lost in darkness and who require a Savior (2 Tim. 3:15) and for enabling the “man of God” to be “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17) assures us that it will answer our needs.
But we cannot forget that we are utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit to enable us to grasp the truth that saves and embrace the truth that sanctifies: “The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). Without the illumination of the Holy Spirit we are blind men in a dark room. Even if that room is filled with the treasures of divine revelation we can- not see them until the lights are turned on and our eyes are opened. He opens the truth to us (John 16:12–15), and us to the truth (Acts 16:14). Without Him, we will miss our way. When He is at work in and with and through the Word of God, then we find answered that great prayer-declaration of our Lord and Savior: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
With the Word of God as our map and the Spirit of Christ as our compass, we are equipped to navigate this world, to make our way in the world so as to bring honor and glory to God. By means of the Scriptures and with the light of the Spirit we can establish and embrace our identity and direct and pursue our activity to the praise of the glory of our God and Savior.
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