Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God and what duty God requires of man.
So far we have learned that man’s chief purpose is to glorify and enjoy God (Q1) and that the only rule to direct us in that purpose are the Old and New Testaments (Q2). This week we are asked what those Testaments principally teach – a question that could actually be accurately answered by simply pointing back to the answer to the first question: the Scriptures principally teach how to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Seems a bit circular right?
So why the different answer? Because glorifying God and enjoy him forever are intrinsically connected to what we believe about God and what he expects of us. The Scriptures principally teach us that God is most glorified and we experience the most joy when we believe what he says and do what he commands.
It is also important to mention that the duty that God sets forth in his Word is not limited to acts of piety – prayer, Scripture reading, corporate worship, etc. No, the Scriptures teach us what duty God requires of us in every area of our life. Scripture is sufficient to tell us what God requires of our marriages, friendships, businesses, institutions, governments, careers, hobbies, eating, and drinking – you name it.
God is most glorified and we are most satisfied when all of the tasks of our daily lives find their direction from his Word.