Since the Scriptures are the foundation of gospel understanding and witness, it is imperative that the truths contained in the Bible are properly discerned and interpreted. Through the reading and study of the written Word, we come to know the living Word, Jesus Christ. Blaise Pascal noted: "Without the Scripture, which has only Jesus Christ as its object, we know nothing, and see only darkness and confusion in the nature of God and in nature herself." The Old and New Testaments contain rich and valuable historical and theological truths which point us to a proper understanding of the gospel and the Holy Spirit's inworking and outworking in our lives which leads to spiritual renewal and growth.
It is imperative that one must realize and incorporate a sufficient understanding of the Scriptures so that the gospel may take effect and become rooted in one's heart and soul. John Frame says that "God's word is his powerful, authoritative self-expression." The objective reality is that the Bible contains the very Word of God. Donald Bloesch writes: "When we say that the Bible is the Word of God we mean two things: that all the words are selected by the Spirit of God through his guidance of the human authors; and that the truth of God is enshrined in and mediated through these words. The Bible is the Word of God in all that it teaches, though this teaching is not immediately self-evident but must be unveiled by the Spirit."