Knowledge of Self

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It is important to study the Bible because in so doing we not only learn of God be we also learn of ourselves. In the lesson series Who Am I I discuss four foundational questions that each of us must deal with at some point in our lives:

1.Who am I?
2.Where did I come from?
3.Why am I here?
4.Where am I going?

The Bible gives us the answer to these questions by making us aware of our identity, our source , our purpose and our destination. The Bible is important not only because it reveals God to us but because it also reveals us to ourselves; we are not merely readers of the Bible story we are also participants in it. Through the Bible we learn that the answers to these four questions are:

1.Who am I? I am a someone who has been made by God and is loved by Him
2.Where did I come from? I am a created being, made by God to carry His image
3.Why am I here? I am here to learn about God and to serve and enjoy Him
4.Where am I going? I am going to die, after which I will have an eternal existence in Heaven or Hell, depending on how I live this life

We learn that we who have been saved by Jesus Christ are participants in the Great Commission, just as were His disciples:

Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

We also learn that we who believe in God are among those who make up the Church of Jesus:

... coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:4-5

The Bible is not just a book about God, it is a book about us and in studying the Bible we learn more about ourselves.