You Need The Bible 5

This wonderful devotional was written by Kenneth H. Wood, Jr. in his book Meditations For Moderns. The devotional was entitled: The Greatest Book, With The Greatest Theme.

John 5:39-40: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Few well-informed people will deny that the Bible is the world*s greatest Book. What other volume . . . either sacred or secular . . . has had such a wide circulation? What other has been translated into so many languages? What other has had such a powerful influence on every phase of man*s existence . . . law, art, education, government, religion, the home? What other has survived such savage attacks? What other makes such bold claims for itself, describes future events as accurately as those in the past, has such an uplifting, ennobling, transforming effect on the lives of those who submit to its teachings?

What other has such amazing unity? Though written by about 40 writers over a period of about sixteen hundred years, though penned by authors of varying cultural backgrounds, and using the Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic languages, the Bible possesses a unity that reveals one Mind as its Author. From Genesis to Revelation it presents one central theme. From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme, . . . man*s uplifting, . . . the power of God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57).

The Bible is the story of Jesus, a story that reveals God*s infinite love, the terrible nature of sin, our need of a Saviour, and the bright future for all who join the heavenly family. It is a comfort in time of trouble, a guide in days of perplexity, a strength in the hour of temptation. It is a revelation of the mind of God, an audience with the Almighty, a transcript of God*s will. It is God*s greatest instrument for confronting us with salvation through His Son Jesus. Precious Book! May it ever be the man of our counsel.

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