|SPEAK AS THE ORACLES RADIO Program #133
WHAT IS THE BIBLE?
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
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life
and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and
virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that
by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
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.
Thy testimonies are wonderful:
therefore doth my soul keep them.
The entrance of thy words giveth light;
it giveth understanding unto the simple.
I opened my mouth, and panted:
for I longed for thy commandments.
Look thou upon me,
and be merciful unto me,
as thou usest to do
unto those that love thy name.
Order my steps in thy word:
and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me.
Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto
unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart
fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the
word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the
glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof
falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word
which by the gospel is preached unto you. (1 Peter 1:22-25)
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."
• A library of books
3 Eras – Patriarchal, Prophetic, Present
2 Covenants – Old Testament, New Testament
1 Message – Salvation in the Messiah
39 Old Testament
The Torah – Genesis through Deuteronomy
The History – Joshua through Esther
The Poetry – Job through Song of Solomon
The Major Prophets – Isaiah through Daniel
The Minor Prophets – Hosea through Malachi
27 New Testament
The Gospels – Matthew through John
The History of the church – Acts
The Epistles of Paul – Romans through Hebrews
The General Epistles – James through Jude
The Prophecy -- Revelation
• Not in chronological order
• Each book separate (mostly)
• No special method of interpretation
|Is it a book
or of guidance?