Have you ever wondered why the Bible remains the world’s best-selling book of all time?
It is simply because the Bible is nothing short of a wonder!
Its formation, unification, content, age, sale, interest, language and preservation are all wonders.
Though a collection of 66 books written by different authors at different places, yet there are no contradictions in it and it has just only one theme (Jesus Christ), for they all wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Although the Bible has been the most hated of all books, yet it is still the most widely read book by all classes, nations and peoples, and ages of mankind. Many kings, rulers and governments have sought to burn and abolish it, but the Bible has outlived them all.
Let us consider some basic truths about this unique book of wonders.
First, the Bible is the Infallible Word of God:
The Bible does not contain the Word of God; the Bible itself is the Word of God in written form. It is infallible and inerrant, free from error. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
The Bible testifies of itself in Psalms 19:
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (NKJV).
Second, the Bible is a Supernatural and Dynamic Revelation from God:
The Bible is the source book of our knowledge of God. It is the textbook of divine truths. The pages of the Bible are authoritative revelation in written form of God’s nature, will, plans and purposes. (John 1:1, Heb. 4:12, Isa. 55:10-11).
Third, the Author of the Bible is the Holy Spirit:
Though written by 36-40 authors over a period of 1600 years in different parts of the world, the Holy Spirit is the real author of the Bible.
The human authors were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, they wrote at His command. He guarded each thought, each phrase, each word to preserve accuracy. (1 Cor. 2:13, Psa. 68:11).
The Bible reveals its true source in 2 Timothy 3:
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NKJV).
Also in 2 Peter 1:
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (NKJV).
Fourth, the Cardinal Theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ:
The Old Testament is the preparation for Christ’s coming. The four Gospels are His manifestation to the world. In the Epistles, His Gospel is expounded. In Revelation, the plans and purposes of God in and through Christ are consummated.
Jesus Christ is the key to understanding the Bible!
The Lord Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39 NKJV).
On their way to Emmaus, the Lord Jesus rebuked His two disciples for being slow of heart to understand and believe that the Scriptures are all written about Him.
Jesus said to them in Luke 24:
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
26 “Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”
27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (NKJV).
Fifth, the Bible is the Supreme Book and Final Authority:
The Bible excels all other books ever written. It provides answer to the questions of life and death. It is the oldest Book; its influence upon nations and men is beyond computation. It is God’s standard of judgement in the last day.
The Scripture states: “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isa. 40:8 NKJV).
The Lord Jesus said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48 NKJV).
Sixth, the Bible is the Third Greatest Gift of God to Mankind:
Next to the gift of Christ and the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the third God’s greatest gift to mankind (Exo. 24:12, John 20:30-31, Psa. 68:11).
The brilliant German scholar and philosopher Immanuel Kant said, “The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.”
Seventh, the Bible is a Library of 66 books and has Scientific Accuracy:
The Bible is a collection of 66 books, divided into 2 main sections: the Old Testament containing 39 books and the New Testament containing 27 books.
Though written in a non-scientific age and its human writers were not scientists, yet it has scientific accuracy (Job. 26:7, Isa. 40:22). Though written largely by uneducated men, yet the Bible is considered a literary masterpiece.
John Locke, the noted English philosopher, wrote: “The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.”
Although the Bible offers you immense blessings, it is however until you unwrap and open it, read, study and understand it, mediate and act upon it, believe and obey it before you can begin experience and enjoy its power and blessings.
Let us consider some of the huge blessings God’s Word offers us.
First, the Word of God Gives Life:
The Word of God is an incorruptible seed which produces the life of Christ in a repentant and believing heart. The Word of God is living; it is spirit and life. It quickens, revives and regenerates.
The Lord Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63 NKJV).
The Psalmist declares, “I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life.” (Psa. 119:93 NKJV).
Second, the Word of God Sanctifies and Renews the Mind:
The Word of God is like a fire consuming the dross in the heart that receives it wholly and humbly, thus purifying and renewing the mind. (Jer. 23:29). The Word of God is also like water; it cleanses and washes away spiritual dirt and filth from the soul. (Eph. 5:26, 1 Tim. 4:5).
The Lord Jesus said, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3 NKJV).
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17 NKJV).
Third, the Word of God Imparts Divine Wisdom and Understanding:
The Word of God is like a lamp giving light, illumination, direction and guidance to the humble heart that receives it. (Deut. 4:5-6, 2 Tim. 3:15-17).
The Psalmist testifies: “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” (Psa. 119:105 NKJV).
“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” (Psa. 119:130 NKJV).
God’s Word imparts and produces divine wisdom to the humble soul.
The Psalmist testifies, “You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.” (Psa. 119:98 NKJV).
Fourth, the Word of God Supplies Divine Nourishment for Spiritual Growth:
The Word of God is like pure milk and food supplying spiritual nutrients for healthy spiritual growth and releasing spiritual strength and grace to overcome trials, temptations and challenges of life to a meek heart. (Heb. 5:12-14, Psa. 119:28).
The Scripture commands: “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” (1 Pet. 2:1-2 NKJV).
Fifth, the Word of God Provides Hope, Comfort and Joy:
In times of trials and afflictions, the Word of God gives peace, hope, comfort and joy to all who turn to it, receive and believe what it says.
Jeremiah testifies, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” (Jer. 15:16 NKJV).
The Psalmist also testifies, “Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.” (Psa. 119:165 NKJV).
Sixth, the Word of God Prepares and Equips for Good Works:
The Word of God thoroughly prepares and equips for every good work the heart that delights in it and diligently studies it (Acts 18:24-28, 2 Tim. 2:15).
“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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17 NKJV).
Seventh, the Word of God is a Spiritual Weapon of Warfare:
The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit in the hands of those who know, believe and confess the Word of God (Heb. 4:12, 2 Cor. 10:3-6).
The Scripture commands: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 6:17 NKJV).
Beloved, what should you do to experience and partake in all these tremendous and wonderful blessings in God’s Word?
Delight in it and read it prayerfully and systematically (1 Tim. 4:13, Psa. 119:70);
Search and study it diligently (John 5:39, Acts 17:11);
Meditate on it and memorize it (Jos. 1:8, Psa. 119:11, 97);
Sing and pray it (Col. 3:16. Neh. 1:8);
Preach and teach it (Deut. 6:6-9, 2 Tim. 4:2);
Buy and give out Bible as gift to people (Prov. 23:23. 1 John 3:17);
And above all, believe it, obey it and act upon it (1 Thess. 2:13, Jam. 1:21-25).
Find out more about the Bible and how to understand it deeply in the second part of this blog post!