For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4
Call the Church in America to unify in glorifying God through Biblical and historical perspectives and to encourage Christ’s followers to boldly proclaim their faith and take a stand against the evil in the world.
Paul justifies his use of the scripture for instruction and hope. He makes a comprehensive exhortation that “everything” in scripture is there to teach us (Morris 499). It is the authoritative word of God. As a Pharisee, Paul understood this very clearly, and as Morris describes, “For him the Bible ends all argument” (499). But it goes beyond instruction. Because of God’s character revealed in scripture, and His love revealed in His Son, we can place our complete faith in Him and hold on to that hope. As F. F. Bruce describes, “[The scriptures] provide ample evidence of God’s fidelity, especially when they are read in the light of Christ’s fulfillment of them; therefore their readers are encouraged to place their hope in the Lord and wait patiently for him” (241). This admission would have spoken volumes to both the Jews and gentiles. It confirms the authority of scripture for the Jews, and to the love of God through it’s fulfillment in Jesus to both.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)