i am more than happy to hash this out in another post . we been asked not keep debating this in this post. i had one post deleted and that does not make a happy camper.. so you or anyone else can start a post on the word of God and reading it..
Now we like to call the Scriptures, "The Word of God". The reason seems obvious. He had them written, so they must be "The Word of God". I understand and this is not an argument about semantics. If the preacher at church says, "Open the Word up to Gen 15:1", I understand he is talking about the Bible as the Word.
Yet there is a problem, and a very serious problem that can happen. People can get confused and start thinking the reading and studying the Bible gives them eternal life. They can start thinking that because they know the Bible and study it, they are going to heaven. And if they think that they are not going to seek the Lord Jesus Christ and His voice, because they think they are already hearing it when they read and study the Scriptures.
Now God did cover this problem in the Bible in a number of places and in a number of ways. Jesus flat out told the Jews,
Jn 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me, and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
In the above verse we clearly see there is the Scriptures, that people search, and Jesus Christ who the Jews did not come to even though they were studying the Scriptures. So we can not say, "The Bible is Christ!" and be correct. The Scripture about reproves that issue!!!
So does that mean that we don't need to read and study the Scriptures? Of course not. For one thing, the Scriptures are good for reproof. I just used them for that purpose. And I can use another for that same purpose.
Gal 3:22 But the Scriptures has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those that believe.
Again there are the Scriptures, which has shut up everyone under sin, and Jesus Christ whom we have via a promise of finding by faith.
And Paul concludes, based upon the understanding above, Gal 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ.
So the Scriptures are good for leading us to Jesus Christ. Which we also see as a reason to read and study them, in 2 Tim
2 Tim 15,16 ...the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scriptures is inspired b God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction...
So we should read and study the Scriptures, but are we preaching the Scriptures? The answer is NO!
Now a couple of verses later we read, 2 Tim 4:2 preach the word, be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience.
So here is the subject that need reproof, rebuke, and so forth, with great patience.
The Greek word used for Scriptures (your Bible) is Graphe. When you see "Scriptures" in the New Testament, it came from the Greek word Graphe, and Graphe is not translated "Word" So we are not told to preach the Scriptures, your Bible. And because we like to call the Bible the "Word of God" for reasons already discussed, we get that confused.
So what was Paul telling us when he wrote to preach the word? Well, He was telling us about Jesus Christ, of course!!!
In the Bible (the Scriptures) we see the Jesus Christ is called the Word of God. That is His name!!!!
Rev 19:13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Since it is in the book Revelation, it is obviously a revelation for some and some point. And it is at the end of the Bible, so you can figure that a person could read the entire Bible and not have gotten that, so God had it revealed at the end.
So why was it missed, and is it still missed?
I'm glad you asked, but I had better wrap up the OP