The Bible is a vast treasure chest of truth. It is ours for the digging and the searching. Not just in every book or chapter. But in every verse and word of each verse.
Consider this verse:
Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.
(Mar 16:14 NAU)
How many nuggets of truth can you see?
1) In the kingdom of God, what is expected of everyone is first of all expected of leadership. Jesus is the prime example of this. We are called to walk in his steps. The apostles were being sent into all the world to witness to the resurrection and they were not believing other witnesses. So Jesus rebuked them.
2) In spite of the fact they were in need of correction and growth, they were still commissioned by Jesus to take the message to all the world. The need for correction and growth did not disqualify those willing to heed the correction and strive to grow.
3) God’s amazing grace does not ignore our sin nor treat it lightly. It rebukes our sins and calls for us to move from our sin and walk in the likeness of Jesus.
The Bible is truly the treasure chest of life and light leading us to the image of God.