The Bible

Text: Psalm 138:2

God’s book

  • Is it necessary that God reveal himself to us? Yes.  If we’re going to know anything about God, He will have to reveal Himself to us.
  • Is it possible that God would reveal himself to us? Yes.
  • Would a loving God reveal himself to us?
  • What is the most complete way a loving God would reveal himself to sinners?

Why is the Bible unique?

  • It is Impossible to have an human author
    • 40 authors, 3 continents, 1600 years.
    • No one man could be responsible for its content.
    • In comparison,
Quran

(Islam)

1 610-632 AD

(23 years)

It   is a set of rules supposedly from Gabriel to Mohammed in a defense of Islam and the moon god Allah.  It is the work  of one man and consists mostly of Bible verses pulled out of context and   retold. Full of contradictions.
Tripitaka

(Buddhism)

1 528-483 BC

(45 years)

Tripitaka   handed down in oral tradition after Buddha died. A collection of his sayings.   It is a set of rules that elevates man and says the truth is inside him.  (Time of Esther Buddha is teaching in India under which King Ahasuerus had dominion. Esther 1:1)
Bhagavad Gita

(Hinduism)

1 (unknown) 4th Century BC The   Gita is an account of Krishna and Arjuna having a conversation before a great battle and Krishna showing Arjuna that he is  God and giving Arjuna some rules to live by.  It elevates man to godly status.
  • It is the truth, John 17:17
    • Where would you find truth if you didn’t have this book?
    • All experiences and doctrines should be laid to the plumbline of God’s words (Galatians 1:6-9, 2 Peter 1:13-21)
    • Every Answer is in that book
    • Every time the Pharisees would castigate Jesus for something his response was this: Have ye not read?!
    • The words in here change your character
    • If we are too busy for the truth, we are absolutely too busy.
  • It is the eyewitness account of the beginning and the end
    • Revelation 1:8
    • Bible believers have this advantage in life; we know where we came from, we know where we are going, and we know what to do while we are here.
    • Heard a professor say the Bible is inflexible and therefore untrue.  But “science” is self correcting and ever changing, therefore, superior to the Bible.
      • First of all if you get it right the first time you don’t have to change your position.
      • Second of all, an ever changing position tells me I could never trust the results.
  • It is the words of Eternal Life
    • John 5:39-40, John 6:68, 1 Peter 1:23, James 1:18
    • Eternal life begins now, the words of God show what that looks like – Psalm 73:24-28, 1 Timothy 6:12
  • It is Incorruptible
    • John 10:35, Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 24:35
    • God’s words are not bound (2 Timothy 2:9); there is no copyright on the text of the King James Bible
  • It is Prophecy
    • Deuteronomy 18:21-22 & Isaiah 41:21-29, Revelation 19:10
    • The amount of prophecy already fulfilled in Jesus Christ’s 1st coming is literally astronomical – 50 prophecies = odds better for a blind man to pull one red electron out of a universe filled with black electrons: 1×10^157th mathematically miraculous (Peter Stoner & Robert Newman. Science Speaks).
    • As Stoner concludes, ‘Any man who rejects Christ as the Son of God is rejecting a fact, proved perhaps more absolutely than any other fact in the world (Stoner, p.112).’
  • The Author is Present with His words
    • Inspiration – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 & Job 32:8 – God breathed into Adam the breath of life and that spirit was his connection to God.  Proverbs 20:27 spirit in man is his candle
    • Hebrews 4:12-13 – living words
    • Revelation 5:3 – He’s the only one that can open the book (Daniel 12 he seals the book)
  • It is Your Sufficiency
    • Creation occurred by the words of God and continues to exist by the words of God (Hebrews 1:3); therefore God likens his words to things we look to sustain us like food and water
    • Milk – 1 Peter 2:2
    • Honey – Psalm 119:103
    • Bread – Luke 4:4
    • Water – Ephesians 5:26
    • Meat – Hebrews 5:12-14
    • It is an opportunity to exercise faith and please God – Romans 10:17
    • It is your mirror for self examination – James 1:23-25
    • It is your offensive weapon: how you mount an attack on a spiritual stronghold.
    • Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12 & Revelation 19:15
  • It is your final judge
    • John 12:44-50 – God’s words are your judge
    • Luke 16:19-31 – what you do with the words of God will determine what God will do with you
    • Book will damn a man as well as save him

What do you do with the words of God?

  • Read them – 1 Timothy 4:13
    • All the kings of Israel were instructed to write a copy of the law – Genesis-Deuteronomy – and read it daily.
    • When this epistle is read
    • Do you know why the Holy Spirit of God had men write letters and books?  So that they would be read!
  • Rightly divide them
    • Every false religion, every cult comes from a Bible verse that has been taken out of context, misinterpreted, or just used to make a point.
    • Study it.  Spend time in it.
    • Book’s understanding depends upon your hearts approach to it
    • watch the snares in the blindspots
    • watch the pitfalls for the hard hearted
  • Receive them
    • Some scoffer said that man wrote the Bible.  Well, some man wrote your book.  As we’ve established no one man could possibly be responsible for the Bible
    • You’re dealing with a powerful book
      • changes nations
      • changes people
      • changes destinies
      • heals families
      • heals sinners