February 23, 2009
The Book of Books
The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. In the Scriptures, we find the records of His spoken words, His interventions in history, and His coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. From this book, we derive our knowledge about God.
How amazing to consider that the full work was compiled from the pens of 40 men writing in 3 languages on 3 continents over the course of 1,500 years! Gather a group of historians from just one generation, and you will have neither the consistency nor the unified philosophy and mission found in Scripture.
Each book of the Bible reflects its human author’s personality and background. For example, Moses was the political leader of the Israelites in the desert; Daniel rose to the rank of prime minister while a captive in Babylon; and Paul, the highly educated former Pharisee dictated letters from prison. Yet every word remained true to God’s central theme—that His love redeems those who call on His name.
Second Peter 1:21 tells us why Scripture is cohesive: God Himself spoke through each human writer. In some cases, the Holy Spirit brought to mind essential details (John 14:26), as when certain material was passed down orally for the Old Testament or the gospels. For the writing of prophecies, psalms, and letters, God’s Spirit revealed important truths (John 16:15).
The heavenly Father loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him. For this reason, He used men from every walk of life to record His gospel message. Read His invitation for yourself.
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