The B-I-B-L-E, Yes that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the word of God. The B-I-B-L-E. (Be glad I didn't sing it to you- LOL!) This beloved children’s song is so simple yet it is so profound. The deepest statement of a child’s faith, “I stand alone on the Word of God.”
The Bible is the most remarkable book in the world. Thomas Carlyle said, "I call the Bible, apart from all theories about it, one of the greatest things ever written with pen. A noble book! All man's book!"
It is by far the world's best seller. Two million copies have been sold each year for the past 100 years. It has been translated into over 2,000 languages and dialects. This is more than any other book.
Alexander Campbell wrote: The Bible is to the intellectual and moral world of men what the sun is to the planets in our system - the foundation and source of light and life, spiritual and eternal. There is not a spiritual idea in the whole human race that is not drawn from the Bible. As soon will the philosophers find an independent sunbeam in nature, as the theologian a spiritual conception in man, independent of the ONE BEST BOOK" (Christian System, page 3).
The word "Bible" itself simply means "book." Many religions have their collection of sacred writings, sometimes spoken of as their bibles. To the Christian the Bible means the collection of the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament recognized and used as the basis and authority of the Christian faith. The Bible uses other terms to identify itself.
Word of God. "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe" (1 Thess. 2:13). Peter states that we are begotten through "the living and enduring word of God" (1 Pet. 1:23). This identifies the Bible as the message or word which has come from God.
Living Oracles or Oracles of God. Stephen speaks of the law given on Mt. Sinai as "living oracle" (Acts 7:38, NASB). An oracle is a message handed down from a divine being or source. This name indicates that this message from Jehovah is a living message from a living God. Paul calls the Bible "The Oracles of God" (Rom. 3:2, KN). Moses told the children of Israel to keep the commandments of God and to teach their children to observe them also. "They are not just idle words for you - they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess (Deut. 32:27, emphasis added; cf. Heb. 4:12).
The Holy Scriptures. Paul refers to the Old Testament writings as the "Holy Scriptures" (Rom. 1:2). This simply means "sacred writings" which is the expression used in 2 Timothy 3: 15. The word "scripture" itself means "writing." This is the common term used for the Old Testament books by our Lord and His apostles (Matt. 21:42; Mark 14:49; Luke 24:32; John 5:39; Acts 18:24; Rom. 15:4).
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about Its origin. Denver Sizemore said, "In a court of law the most important evidence as to the author of a will is what the will actually says itself. If the will states that John Brown is its author it takes considerable evidence to prove it otherwise. This principle holds true also in determining who is the real author of the Bible." Let us examine what the Bible says as to its author.
Several hundred times the Old Testament writers use such expressions as "Thus saith the Lord," "Jehovah said," etc. (Exod. 24:12, 25:1; Ezek. 5:5,11, ASV). David speaks in 2 Samuel 23:2, "The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue." Jeremiah describes his call to prophesy like this: "And Jehovah said unto me, Behold I have put my words in thy mouth" (Jer. 1:9, ASV).
The apostle Paul speaking of the Old Testament Scriptures said regarding their inspiration: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Tim. 3:16,17, KJV).
The apostle Peter informs us that the prophets in the Old Testament did not create their own message, "For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Pet. 1:21, ASV). It is a well-known fact that Jesus and the apostles always considered the Old Testament to be a revelation from God.
Not only did the Old Testament writers declare that their message came from God but the New Testament authors also claimed that their message was from God. Paul says in Galatians 1: 11,12, "I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ."
Peter speaks of Paul's writing as "Scripture" when he says, "He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things which are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction" (2 Pet. 3: 16, emphasis added). The word "Scripture" as used here indicates a special body of writings which was regarded as divinely inspired. The expression "other Scriptures" shows that Peter places Paul's writing on a par with the Old Testament. Jesus had told His apostles that the Holy Spirit would enable them to recall all that He had ever taught them. The Holy Spirit would also teach them many other things (John 14:26, cf. Matt. 10:19,20). Paul commended the brethren at Thessalonica because they had received his message "not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God" (1 Thess. 2:13, emphasis added).
The unanimous testimony of the Bible is that its author is God. It was written down by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
This is important. Since God is the author of the Bible then his word is authoritative. We can take it to the bank as the absolute truth.
Someone might say that if God wanted us to live by his Word why does he make it so hard to understand. Look, I get it. Jesus spoke in parables that were sometimes confusing and even his disciples asked him why. We are studying the book of Revelation on Sunday nights and the symbolism in that book has cause so much controversy and misunderstanding. Reading through some of the OT can really get you lost if you don't know what's going on.
Today I read a very powerful verse in the Bible. Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.” Jesus himself said, “He who has ears let him hear.” You see, God wants us to search it out… dig a little deeper… do a little research. He wants us to hunger and thirst for his word. So don’t be discourage. Sometimes you have to dig for gold!Tomorrow night we will look at what this absolute truth and God’s authoritative word means in today’s society and especially with this coronavirus crisis.
Thank you for joining me tonight for our devotional Bible Study. Keep digging and I’ll see you here tomorrow night. Be safe out there and trust in the Lord.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God in Heaven, Thank your for your Holy Word. I thank you for taking the time to share it with us. Help us to dig deep and find the eternal truths that you have placed her for us to find. MOST OF ALL, I thank you for reveling your Son Jesus in whom I have found salvation and peace. It is in his name that I pray, AMEN!