During my devotional time for school, I read John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (ESV). This is a petition of Jesus to the Father. It is wonderful to see that this petition is before His crucifixion, which means that He will die, be in the tomb, rise from death, and go to heaven. He made the promise that the Holy Spirit will be with us as our Guide and Helper. This doesn’t mean that we do not need the Bible. In fact, if the Holy Spirit is in us, He will encourage us to read the Scriptures, as John 5:39 tells us, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me”.
When Jesus said to the Father “your word is truth” was he talking about the written word, or the Word (John 1:1)? Both, the written word and the WORD are truth, so maybe He was talking about to abide in the Bible under His direction. Read your Bible and enjoy it, but do not read it as any mere book; the Bible is the eternal Word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through its pages to understand passages and how to put them into practice.
Remember the words of the old hymn, “How Firm a Foundation”:
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said--
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
In His service,