You NEED The Bible 2
The Bible says many interesting, surprising and exciting things about itself, its uniqueness, usefulness and power. It says much more about itself than most of us are aware of. What separates the bible from other books and makes it different from other books is, of course, the source of the Bible. The Bible is from God.
Recently I have a heard a number of unbelievers say that the Bible was written by men. In a small sense, they are right. It was penned by men -- but what they don’t acknowledge is that the men were totally controlled by God as they wrote.
God used about 40 men to write down what He wants to communicate to us. One of the reasons we can know that God inspired them is that nothing any of them wrote down disagrees with anything the others wrote. It is amazing that those men from different walks of life wrote the scriptures in different countries over a time span of about 4,000 years. None of them met or knew more than a few of the others. When many of the Old Testament prophets were writing down God’s word, they did not even understand the words themselves. They especially did not understand many of the prophecies about future events.
II Peter 1:20-21: Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Knowing this first is an interesting phrase. It elevates the importance of the sentence that follows. The foundation has to come first. If we don’t know and believe the truth in that sentence, we won’t have the right foundation for the things that follow.
No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. While God used those men’s personalities, eccentricities and the circumstances of their lives, every word in the Bible is His Word. Those men were not the source of The Bible. They were only the medium God used to give it to us. Those men did not have any private individual control over The Bible. The Bible does not have a different meaning for you than it has for me.
Matthew 5:18: For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Even the commas and periods and dots of God’s Word were put there by God. Every prophecy and every promise in The Bible will be fulfilled. Many have already been fulfilled.
Holy men of God tells us who the men were that penned the Bible. They were holy in the sense that they were set apart for the purpose of God. His purpose was and is to communicate to us His Word, the Bible.
They spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. They did not speak what they wanted, they spoke what the Holy Spirit wanted.
The main purpose of God’s Word was and is to bring men to Himself through faith.
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Manifold blessings are promised to those who read the Bible and obey it, especially the book of Revelation.
Revelation 1:3a: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: . . .
Reading the Bible, studying the Bible, being taught the Bible and meditating on the Bible ought to be a way of life for the believer. It deserves to be central in our thoughts, beliefs and decision-making.