Text & Translations
What Is The Bible?
•        A message from God

Bible is the transliteration of the Greek word for “book.” It is the Holy Bible because it is the holy book. It is the message of God to man. We are indebted
to the Bible for what we know of God, what we know of Jesus, and what we know of the Holy Spirit. We can know that there is a God, but we do not
know who He is without the Bible. The vast majority of what we know of the life of Jesus, and of the teachings of Jesus is to be found in the Bible.
Without the Bible, we would not even know there was a Holy Spirit.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a
man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the
world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words
which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:10-13 KJV)

The only way that we know what is in (or on) the mind of someone else is for them to tell us. Mind reading is not within the capabilities of man. Neither
can we tell what is on (or in) the mind of God without Him telling us. That is what the Bible is – God telling us what is on (or in) His mind. It is thus
the revelation of the Will of God – unknowable from any other source.

Daniel Webster (1782–1852)
"The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals,
and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God."
Completion of Bunker Hill Monument, June 17, 1843. P. 102
The Bible

This book contains the mind of God;
the state of man;
the way of salvation.

Its doctrines are holy;
its precepts are binding;
its records are true.

Read it to be wise;
believe it to be safe;
and practice it to be holy.

It contains light to direct you;
food to support you;
and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler's map,
the pilgrim's staff,
the pilot's compass,
the soldier's sword,
the Christian's charter.

Christ is its grand object,
our good its design,
and the redemption of man its end.

It should fill the memory,
rule the heart,
and guide the feet.

The Anvil of God’s Word

Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith's door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers worn with beating years of time.

"How many anvils have you had, said I,
"To wear and batter all these hammers so?"
"Just one," said he, and then with twinkling eye,
"The anvil wears the hammers out, you know."

"And so," I thought, "the anvil of God's Word
For ages skeptics blows have beat upon,
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone."