Dr. Kevin Anderson – “Scripture Makes Us Wise for Salvation”
“…From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” -- 2 Timothy 3:15 NIV
The translators of the King James Version Bible stated the purpose of their work: “Translation is that [which] openeth the window, to let in the light; that breaketh the shell, that we may eat the kernel; that putteth aside the curtain, that we may look into the most Holy place; that removeth the cover of the well, that we may come by the water….” What beautiful images of how Scripture nourishes our hearts and opens our way into the presence of God. Paul expressed the broad purpose of Scripture in 2 Timothy 3:15. The two things he mentions are as applicable today as when he first penned these words.
First, “to make you wise for salvation.” In our day there is such a wealth of information and data, but so little wisdom. Scripture affords us the way to becoming wise. But not just for the sake of being wise, but for securing salvation from our unhappy and sinful state.
Second, “through faith in Jesus Christ.” In a time when so many are yearning for meaningful relationships, Scripture points us to the most significant and fulfilling relationship of all. We can have a relationship with God through putting our confidence in Jesus.
Thus, as I read Scripture, I should pray with St. John Chrysostom that Jesus will “open the eyes of my heart” so that Scripture will “serve for my restoration, enlightenment, and sanctification, for the salvation of my soul, and the inheritance of life everlasting.”
- Dr. Kevin Anderson, Associate Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophy