"The Three Most Important Texts in ALL the Bible"

Warning! Do not skim through this article to simply see what the 
three texts are. This can be very dangerous for you. Some have read 
the texts only and thus turned away reasoning that they could see no 
special significance to these verses. For even a slow reader, this 
article will only take a few minutes to read; then and only then will 
you be able to make a conscientious decision about the importance of 
what you have read. Please take a few moments to pray and ask God 
to give you understanding of any truth that may be contained herein.

The Bible, contains two testaments, with sixty-six books, hundreds of 
chapters and thousands of verses. It was written by forty authors, on 
three different continents, over a period of 1600 years. Yet all of its 
pages are one in theme and purpose because all of the contributors 
were inspired by the same Holy Spirit of God.

If you are a Christian and accustomed to reading the Scriptures, you 
may be asking yourself, 'How can anyone dare to suggest that one 
portion of the Holy Scriptures is more important than another?' 
Please let me explain: The only reason for the special significance of 
the passages you will read is that if they are not understood, believed, 
and adhered to, there is little hope that all of the other texts of the 
Bible will be cherished and followed. I hope this will make more sense 
as we go along.

The first and most important text in all of the Holy Bible is found in 
the Apostle Paul's second letter to Timothy, (2 Timothy 2:15) "Study 
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to 
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." The importance of 
this text lies in the two points that we draw from the verse; What is 
it that we are to Study? And to whom are we responsible? The verse 
says "rightly dividing the word of truth," and speaks of itself, the 
Holy Scriptures, which constitute the only real "word of truth" we 
have. So, we are to study the Bible that we will not be ashamed, 
but ashamed of what? And ashamed before whom?

It is obvious from this verse that man will, at some point, have to 
stand before God and give an account of his life. If we study and 
learn from the Bible what God would have us to be and what He 
would have us to do, and if we follow through with what we have 
learned, there will be no reason for us to be ashamed. Imagine, if 
you will, a world full of people who claim to know and follow God, 
but who in fact know very little of Him. Therefore they do not live 
as He would have them to live. Does this sound absurd? Listen, 
friend, our world is full of people who claim to serve and love the 
true God of heaven, and yet who do not acknowledge the Bible 
as His word for us. All sorts of religions exist with all sorts of 
rules and regulations which are not holy; they are heathen. 
Unfortunately, it does not stop there. Here in this country we 
have hundreds of denominations which claim  to be Christian, and 
yet they have built systems of worship and religion that have little 
or nothing to do with the teachings of God in His Holy Word.

The last and most important point to be made about this verse is in 
the word "thyself". Look at the verse again, "Study to show thyself 
approved unto God." When the judgment comes, you will be 
responsible to God alone; no one else can save you! This is very 
important because so many who profess to be Christians never, 
ever study their Bibles. Very few will diligently study for themselves. 
The norm today in the Christian churches is to go to church once 
or twice a week and find out what the preacher has studied. 
Friend, the truths discussed in the Bible are of eternal importance; 
they will be the difference between life and death for all eternity. 
Surely we can all see that this is much too important to trust to 
someone else. Let us each one make the commitment today that 
we will "Study to show" ourselves "approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

The second most important text in all the Bible is found in 2 Timothy 
3:16; "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable 
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in right-
eousness:" If we are going to follow truth, there must be a divine 
standard to teach us 'what is truth.' Surely, if left to ourselves, we 
will follow what sounds right, or what feels right to us. The question 
remains, just because it sounds right, just because it feels right, just 
because it's the convenient thing to do, or just because it's the 
comfortable thing to do, does that make it truth? One man claimed 
to believe in and live his life in accordance with the Bible, but when 
questioned about a certain doctrine he exclaimed that he didn't 
use the Old Testament, as it was written for the Jews. He didn't 
accept the gospels, as they were just an account of what Jesus 
did, and besides they were before His death. The book of Hebrews 
was obviously written to the Jews, and therefore wasn't needed, 
and the book of Revelation he thought to be a closed book, 
impossible to be understood. All that was left were a few of Paul's 
letters, and yet this man was sure that he was a Bible believing 
Christian. I know this is an extreme case, but it should teach us 
something: If there is any part of God's word that is no longer 
in effect for us today, then who gets to decide which part? 
Surely we would select the parts that we like, and come up with 
some sort of reason to do away with the parts that made us 
uncomfortable. This is certainly the reason why we have over 
350 denominations of Christianity in this country alone. So I would 
ask you to reason out for yourself: Do you really think that God, 
who is the very essence of truth, could not care less about 
whether we believe and follow the truth He has plainly given us 
in His Holy Word? There are so many today who profess to be 
Christians, and yet  think that as long as they are sincere and 
loving that God will not hold them accountable. We need to 
consider the words of this verse found in Exodus 20:5-6; "Thou 
shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the 
LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the 
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation 
of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of 
them that love me, and keep my commandments." You will 
notice that in verse six it defines those who love God as those 
who keep His commandments. This Old Testament verse 
holds perfectly with the New Testament, for we read in John 
14:15  "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

Friend, the Bible does not contradict itself; it does not teach 
different requirements for different dispensations. God is perfect 
and, therefore, has no need to change; (Malachi 3:6) "For I am 
the LORD, I change not;" Again this is in harmony with the New 
Testament; (Hebrews 13:8)  "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, 
and to day, and for ever." 
	
This leads us to the third most important text in the Bible; it is found 
in the last book of the Bible. In fact, it is found in the last chapter 
of the Bible: Revelation 22:14; "Blessed are they that do his 
commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and 
may enter in through the gates into the city." The importance of 
this verse is twofold: Obviously it is important because it plainly 
tells us what is required of us to inherit eternal life, and enter into 
the heavenly kingdom It does, however, take on a special significance 
when you consider that this subject of keeping God's commandments 
is the most distorted and misunderstood  subject in all the 
Scriptures. Millions upon millions have been deceived upon this 
point, and the Bible itself tells us that many more will be lost 
because of this delusion.

You can go back to the Creation of this world in the book of 
Genesis and read that the fall of Adam and Eve happened 
because they disobeyed God's commandment. Then you 
should look at the very last book of the Bible, as we have 
just done, and see that the final issue, deciding whether we 
live forever, or perish in the fires of hell, is the same issue way 
back there in Genesis: "Blessed are they that do his 
commandments." We need to realize that every page of the 
Holy Bible is saturated with this message of love. David, whom 
the Bible declares to be a man after God's own heart, said it 
like this: "Great peace have they which love thy law: and 
nothing shall offend them. "(Psalms 119:165) Remember the 
description of God's last people upon the earth before He 
returns; it is found in Revelation 14:12. "Here is the patience 
of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of 
God, and the faith of Jesus." 

*For further study read Exodus 20:1-17 & Revelation 14:6-12