About the Bible
To do a series on Bible Teachings Made Plain it asks first for a lesson on the Bible itself. What kind of a book is the Bible? This lesson will endeavor to give the reader a clear impression what the Bible is like, what the Bible says about itself, what others have said about the Bible and what the blessings are of the Bible for the reader of the Bible. The Bible is a compilation of 66 books also called Holy Scriptures and written by about 40 different persons over a period of about 1500 years. Most of these men did not know each other and in any shape or form do they not contradict each other. The Holy Spirit guided each one of them, read 2Peter 1:21
Read the following scripture of John 1:1-3, 14
The Bible is God’s Word.
Christ is the Word made flesh, John 1:14
His name is called The Word of God, Rev.19:13
The Bible, the Word of God made flesh in Christ; we have also in print, in
Braille and on audio tape for the blind, on video tape for the deaf, in
electronics, on computer, in micro and macro, and is translated in most
leading languages of the world. But also it is translated in many, yes many
local languages, either in full or in part.
The Bible message is eternal as God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are eternal, it
reveals to us God’s everlasting covenant and plan of salvation..
Books have come and gone over thousands of years, the Bible still is.
The Bible still is, because it comes from the Great I am, who still is and will be.
“No book has been so loved, so hated, so revered, so damned as the Bible. People have died for it.
Others have killed for it.” (SDA Believe p.11, 2005 ed.)
“Today there is not a language in the civilized world unto which this
Word of God has not been rendered.” (The Intern. Standard Bible Ency.vl.1, p.492)
The Bible is God’s inerrand inspired Word, transmitted in human language.
The Bible is God’s absolute and certain truth for a fragmented uncertain world.
The Bible is God’s mind in human language for our human mind.
“The Bible is God’s thinking communicated to men”. (Chr.Beliefs, p.13)
The Bible is world’s best selling book, most translated, oldest in age, but also world’s most misunderstood, misapplied and in many parts of the world the least read.
The Bible reveals the past, guides us through the present, and prepares us for the future. It gives Basic Information Before Leaving Earth
Many a person when condemned to a solitary confined place would
choose to take the Bible if so allowed.
Many a person in dying hours in need of comfort would rather hear a
word from the Bible than from any other piece of literature.
The Bible is: Comfort to the mourner,
Healing to the sick,
Joy to the glad,
Wisdom to the student,
Salvation to the sinner,
Condemnation to the wicked,
History to the historian,
Poetry to the poet,
Security to the fearful,
Hope to the one in despair,
Treasure to the value seeker,
Resurrection to the one meeting death,
Vision to the one disillusioned,
Power to the weak,
Strength to the one discouraged,
Food for the hungry,
Drink to the thirsty,
Justice to the maltreated.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ITSELF?
I am a lamp for your feet, Ps.119:105
I am a light on your path, ibid
I am the book of the Lord, Isa.34:16
I am the Gospel of God, Rom.1:1
I am the oracles of God, Rom.3:2
I am the Word of God, Hebr.6:5
I am the Word of Christ, Col.3:16
I am the Word that stands for ever, Isa.40:8
I am very pure, Ps.119:140
I am like fire, Jer.23:29
I am like sweet honey, Ezech.3:3
I am sometimes sweet in the mouth, bitter in the stomach, Rev.10:9
I am comfort in affliction, Ps.119:30
I am the Truth, John 17:17
I am joy to those eating me, Jer.15:16
I am the sword of the Spirit, Eph.6:17
I am a two edged sword, Hebr.4:12
I am eternal life to those searching me, John 5:39
I am divinely inspired, God breathed and profitable for: doctrines,
I am more than all this, but I am all that man needs, can hope for and be fully
As said before mankind has tried to fight the Bible:
In the dark ages it was a forbidden book; even possessing a Bible could bring someone on the stake and be burned to death.
The French Revolution launched a strong campaign against the Bible but soon found out that it failed.
In modern day history for 70 years during the 20th century the teachings of communism through Marx and Lenin have tried to silence the voice of the Bible but also to no avail.
WHAT SECULAR PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE BIBLE.
“One of the most notable conversions to the Bible was Sir William Ramsay .He was an atheist and son of an atheist. He was wealthy and proudly bore a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University. He gave his whole life to the study of archaeology so he could refute the Bible. He finally departed to
the Holy land, with his chief aim to refute the book of Acts. After 25 years of work, he became so impressed with the accuracy of Luke, its writer, that he finally concluded it was an exact account even in the smallest details. In his attempt to disprove the Bible, Sir William Ramsey discovered hundreds of historical facts which confirmed the Biblical account .Finally in one of his books, he shook the world of the Bible critics when he confessed he had accepted Christianity” (D.James Kennedy,”Why I believe”1980,p28)
“It has been my custom for many years to read the Bible in it’s entirely
once a year.” (John Quincy Adams, 6th USA pres.)
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than college education”.
(Theodore Roosevelt, 26th USA pres.)
“Belief in the Bible, the fruit of deep meditation, served me as the guide of my moral
and literary life. I have found it a capital safely invested and richly productive
of interest.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
“I believe the Bible is the best gift that God has ever given to man. All the
good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book.
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction
that I had nowhere else to go”.(Abraham Lincoln,16th USA pres.)
“The majesty of scriptures strikes me with admiration, as the purity of The Gospel
has its influence on my heart. Pursue the works of our philosophers with all
their pomp of diction, how mean, how contemptible are they, with the scriptures.”
(Jean Jacques Rousseau)
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible”.
(George Washington, first USA pres.)
“It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people”
(Horace Greeley, USA journalist/politician)
“We reject with scorn all these learned and labored myths that Moses was but
a legendary figure. We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date
and rationalistic conception, will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible
story literally.”(Winston Churchill)
(The above statements from GOOD NEWS)
JESUS AND THE BIBLE.
We started with Jesus being the Word made flesh, John 1:1
Luke 2:46. The rabbis were astonished about his Bible knowledge.
Matthew 4:1-10. Scripture was His defense against the evil one and his temptations.
Luke 4:16 He stood in the synagogue and read the scriptures.
Luke 10:26 When asked questions He referred to the scriptures,” How readeth thou?”
Matthew 22:35-46 When tempted into a debate He quoted scriptures.
Luke 24:24-27 When found people being discouraged, He pointed to the scriptures.
What do we believe about the Word of God?
“The Holy Scriptures, Old and new Testaments, are the written
Word of God-given by divine inspiration through Holy men of
God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy
Spirit. In this Word, God has committed to man the knowledge
necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the infallible
standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative
revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God’s acts
in history. (Seventh-day Adventists Believe page 11, ed.2005)
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT THE BIBLE?
Are you willing to commit yourself to accepting the Bible as the Word of God for your personal life as a constant guide and daily light on your pathway?
Pastor Jan T Knopper
Reviewed October 2013