"Reasons For Writing"
Larry R. Ping II
Divinely inspired authors wrote for many and varied reasons in the New Testament. Consider some of these.
1. “...we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood” (Acts 15:20). Sometimes, the words in the Bible served as a notice to keep away from certain things (I Thess. 5:22; I Pet. 2:11). We, too, should pay heed to those things which are written as they are penned in order to keep us safe and in a relationship with God.
2. “I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you” (I Cor. 4:14). Often, God’s Word served as a warning, such as in this place. God’s warnings indicate His love for us and His desire to see us succeed spiritually (Rev. 3:19). We would do well to observe these warnings. Remember, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth” (Heb. 12:6).
3. “For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things” (II Cor. 2:9). Now and then, the writers of the Bible wrote to determine the spiritual status of others. Frequently, we do the same, writing to be sure somebody else is doing well. This exhibits love, care and concern for another’s soul (Php. 2:4-5).
4. “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance” (II Pet. 3:1). Commonly, New Testament writers wrote in order to remind their readers of important things. Peter did this often (II Pet. 1:12-15). Timothy was told “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ (I Tim. 4:6).
5. “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (I Jn. 1:4). The written word is often used to convey joy and happiness. Countless thousands of letters have been written world-wide in order to proclaim great news. Still, in many ways, it goes on today. People of God are called upon to “Rejoice with them that do rejoice” (Rom. 12:15).
6. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (I Jn. 2:1). Much ink in the New Testament was reserved to encourage folks not to sin and not to yield to temptation. Occasionally, we need written reminders not to surrender to our lusts. We also would do well to remind each other we have a Savior “that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Rev. 1:5).
7. What about you? Folks still like to receive hand-written notes. Lately, have you encouraged others, warned others, rejoiced with others or reminded others with the power of your hand? If not, today would be a great day to start!