When you use something repeatedly, it gets worn down. There is no chance for dust to collect. The Bible is God’s gift to mankind, and yet sadly, many do not open it to leaf through its pages to glean all of its wisdom. Instead of old and worn out, its’ like new, and full of dust. Why is that?
In the Bible, God reveals absolute truth. Real Christians believe that the Bible is true absolutely! Not relative truth that we in society are all too used to. Do you believe in the inerrancy of the Bible? Four points to consider: 1) The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years and has more than 40 authors. 2) The authors wrote it on three different continents in 3 different languages. 3) The authors penned their words with agreement and harmony 4) “The Lord spoke” is used 560 times in the first 5 books of the Old Testament (Pentateuch), and 3800 times in the entire OT.
The Bible is a library of 66 unique books of various kinds by many authors in different contexts. But it is only one book: the whole of it forms is a richly textured story of God’s loving purpose in relation to humans and the whole creation.
2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Our Christian faith rests on a precisely accurate account that gives authenticity to the Bible. It’s not some archaic, “way out” book made up of fables.
Why was the Bible written the way it is? 1) people learn best from interesting, true stories and the Bible is “packed full” with them. From the combat of David as a young teenager with Goliath to Peter walking on water to Saul’s incredible conversion to Paul…. 2) we humans usually “don’t get it the first time” and the Bible repeats its numerous important principles again and again, thank goodness! 3) we like heroes and the Bible has a multitude of them, like Joseph in the book of Genesis, Moses, Joshua, and Daniel! 4) we need to know that the story is important and has impact. What can be more important than the absolute truth of the Bible?
In 2 Timothy 3:14, Paul encourages Timothy to “continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of…how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” For parents and grandparents out there, make it your heritage to teach key Bible verses to your children and grandchildren! We should know the wisdom of the Bible as well as we know our secular jobs, which can require years of study.
There are many benefits of knowing the Word of God- see Psalm 119. Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. Jeremiah 15:16 When Your words came to me, I ate them; they were my joy and heart’s delight.
The Old Testament was frequently quoted in the New Testament– It is important to note that Jesus and the apostles quoted the Old Testament over 600 times, indicating their approval of the selected texts. It is with utmost confidence, then, that we can accept the Old Testament as God’s divinely inspired Word, and not just the New Testament. The entire Old Testament points to Jesus Christ!
The Words of the Bible are eternal- Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of God stands forever. Our lives are fleeting but the Bible isn’t!
The words of the Bible come from Jesus- Galatians 1:11 says, “What Paul preached was not something that man made up. He did not receive it from any man, he received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”
Be prepared to share the Gospel at anytime- 2 Timothy 4:2 Be prepared to share the Gospel “in season” and “out of season”. Often times, we feel ill-prepared to share because we haven’t studied the Scriptures. We should study the Bible like we would a textbook.
Don’t let God’s book gather dust!
References: 1) Life Application Bible, NIV version, 1991 2) The Evidence Bible, Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, 2003.