THE BIBLE — THE WORD OF GOD
It is so important for a young Christian to start right; therefore, the first lesson is designed to help establish your faith in the Bible, for it is the Word of God.
Keep in mind that the Bible isn’t a book of philosophy, although it is philosophical. Don’t go to the Bible as a scientific treatise. However, there is no discrepancy between ascertained facts of science and the Bible. The Bible isn’t a book of history, but it is found to be accurate when recording history. The Bible was given to men from God, revealing Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God the Son. [John 14:6] He is the center and circumference. It is Christ from Genesis to Revelation. [John 5:39]
The Bible is as high above all other books as the heavens are above the earth. Someone has said of the Bible: “Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be right.
The Bible claims to be the inspired Word of God [II Timothy 3:16,17]
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (God-breathed). Upon this statement of fact, evangelical Christianity stands. The Bible claims to be the inspired Word of God. By “inspiration” we mean that the Holy Spirit exerted His supernatural influence upon the writers of the Bible. The writings were not necessarily the writers, for the Bible nowhere claims to have been written by inspired men.
- The Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible [II Peter 1:21]. Christ told His disciples that He would leave “many things” unrevealed, and that the Holy Spirit would come and choose certain persons and through them reveal His perfect will unto man; and that the Holy Spirit would be the believer’s teacher [John 16:12–15].
- Man is the instrument used by the Holy Spirit to write the Bible.
- Results: the infallible Word of God. Therefore, the Bible is free from error and absolutely trustworthy [Psalm 119:89; Matthew 24:35].
The Bible is a difficult book — because it came from the infinite to the finite [1 Corinthians 2:14–16]
From the unlimited, all-powerful God, to limited man. Therefore, you can’t understand the Bible as you would understand the writings of Plato or Socrates. You can study the great philosophers with the natural mind, and by diligent application, grasp their profound meanings. If the Bible could be understood by natural man, it would be a natural book, and could not be the Word of God.
But since the Bible is from God, and therefore spiritual, before you can receive its teachings, you must be born of the Spirit [John 3:6] and be filled with the Spirit [Ephesians 5:18]. Always approach the Bible praying that the Spirit will be your teacher and will guide you to a better understanding of His Holy Word — or it will be a difficult and closed book [John 16:12–15].
The Bible is a book of Oneness [II Peter 1:21]
The Oneness or Unity of the Bible is a miracle. It is a library of 66 books, written by over 35 different authors, in a period of approximately 1,500 years. Represented in the authors is a cross section of humanity:
- Educated and uneducated
- Public officials
- Teachers and
Included in the subjects are religion, history, law, science, poetry, drama, biography and prophecy. Yet its various parts are as harmoniously united as the parts that make up the human body.
For 35 authors, with such varied backgrounds, to write on so many subjects, over a period of approximately 1,50 years, in absolute harmony, is a mathematical impossibility. IT COULD NOT HAPPEN! Then how do we account for the Bible? The only adequate explanation is: “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
The Bible Claims Special Power [Hebrews 4:12]
- The Bible claims dividing power as a sword- the Bible will separate men from sin [Psalm 119:11] or sin will separate man from the Bible [Isaiah 59:2].
- The Bible claims reflective power as a mirror [James 1:22–25]. In the Bible we see ourselves as God sees us — as sinners [Romans 3:23].
- The Bible claims cleansing power as water [Ephesians 5:26]. David prayed that God would “wash him from iniquity” and “cleanse him from sin” [Psalm 51:2].
- The Bible claims reproductive power as seed [1 Peter 1:23]. We are children of God because we have been born into the family of God by the incorruptible seed of God. THIS IS THE NEW BIRTH [John 3:1–7].
- The Bible claims nourishing power as food [1 Peter 2:2]. The Bible is spiritual food for the soul. No Christian can remain strong in the Lord and not study the Word of God.
The Bible Commands The Believer To Study The Scriptures [2 Timothy 2:15]
“Study to show thyself approved unto God” is a command. As you study the Bible, you will discover that it does not just contain the Word of God — IT IS THE WORD OF GOD. You must also keep in mind that the Word of God contains the words of God, as well as the words of Satan, demons, angels, and man- both good and bad.
God is truth and cannot lie. Satan “is a liar and the father of it” [John 4:44]. Man is natural and is therefore limited, and doesn’t always speak the truth.
Illustration: [Matthew 22:15–46] in this portion of Scripture, we have the words of Jesus — of the Pharisees and Sadducees and the Herodians. The Pharisees — Herodians — and Sadducees were trying to entangle Jesus in His teachings so they could accuse Him of breaking God’s law. Their words were spoken with evil intent, revealing the thinking of the natural man, along with the words of God that came from the lips of Jesus.
As you study the Bible ask yourself these questions:
- Who is speaking: God — demon — angel — or man?
- To whom is he speaking: to the nation of Israel — to the Gentiles — to the Church — to man in general — or to some individual man or being?
- How can this Scripture be applied to my own life to make me a better Christian? It is so important for a young Christian to start right; therefore, the first lesson is designed to help establish your faith in the Bible, for it is the Word of God.