Purpose of Scripture
But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Scripture has been given by God to lead people to faith and salvation. Through Scripture believers are nurtured in faith and led to spiritual maturity. Scripture is intended to lead people to salvation (2 Timothy 3:14-15; Psalm 19:7-11; John 20:30-31; Romans 10:8). Scripture is intended to lead believers to maturity in faith by its teaching (2 Timothy 3; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm 19:7-8; Psalm 119:9,130; Colossians 3:16).
By its rebuke and correction (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 19:11-13; 1 Corinthians 10:11-12; Hebrews 4:12-13). By training in righteousness (2 Ti mothy 3:16; Deuteronomy 29:29). By its illumination (Psalm 119:105, 130; 2 Peter 1:19; 1 John 2:8). By its encouragement and reassurance (Romans 15:4; 1 John 5:13; Psalm 19:8-9; 119:50-51, 76; Hebrews 12:5-6).
By its record of God’s promises (1 Kings 8:56; Psalm 119:140; Ezekiel 12:25; Luke 24:44; 2 Corinthians 1:19-22). By its trustworthiness (1 Kings 17:24; Psalm 19:7-11; 33:4; 119:151,160; John 21:24; Revelation 21:5). Scripture is essential for spiritual growth and maturity (Psalm 1:1-3; Matthew 4:4; John 15:5-8; John 17:17; Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Timothy 3:14-17).