You NEED The Bible 2
The Bible says many interesting, surprising and exciting things about itself, its uniqueness, usefulness and power. It says much more about itself than most of us are aware of. What separates the bible from other books and makes it different from other books is, of course, the source of the Bible. The Bible is from God.
Recently I have a heard a number of unbelievers say that the Bible was written by men. In a small sense, they are right. It was penned by men -- but what they don*t acknowledge is that the men were totally controlled by God as they wrote.
God used about 40 men to write down what He wants to communicate to us. One of the reasons we can know that God inspired them is that nothing any of them wrote down disagrees with anything the others wrote. It is amazing that those men from different walks of life wrote the scriptures in different countries over a time span of about 4,000 years. None of them met or knew more than a few of the others. When many of the Old Testament prophets were writing down God*s word, they did not even understand the words themselves. They especially did not understand many of the prophecies about future events.
II Peter 1:20-21: Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Knowing this first is an interesting phrase. It elevates the importance of the sentence that follows. The foundation has to come first. If we don*t know and believe the truth in that sentence, we won*t have the right foundation for the things that follow.
No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. While God used those men*s personalities, eccentricities and the circumstances of their lives, every word in the Bible is His Word. Those men were not the source of The Bible. They were only the medium God used to give it to us. Those men did not have any private individual control over The Bible. The Bible does not have a different meaning for you than it has for me.
Matthew 5:18: For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Even the commas and periods and dots of God*s Word were put there by God. Every prophecy and every promise in The Bible will be fulfilled. Many have already been fulfilled.
Holy men of God tells us who the men were that penned the Bible. They were holy in the sense that they were set apart for the purpose of God. His purpose was and is to communicate to us His Word, the Bible.
They spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. They did not speak what they wanted, they spoke what the Holy Spirit wanted.
The main purpose of God*s Word was and is to bring men to Himself through faith.
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Manifold blessings are promised to those who read the Bible and obey it, especially the book of Revelation.
Revelation 1:3a: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: . . .
Reading the Bible, studying the Bible, being taught the Bible and meditating on the Bible ought to be a way of life for the believer. It deserves to be central in our thoughts, beliefs and decision-making.
I have a copy of Halley*s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley. I very much enjoyed some of his comments about the Bible:
Mr. Halley also quoted many others:
D. L. Moody: I prayed for faith, and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, Now faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. I had closed my Bible, and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and faith has been growing every since.
George Muller: Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God.
Abraham Lincoln: I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book.
W. E. Gladstone: I have known ninety-five of the world*s great men in my time, and of these eighty-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors.
George Washington: It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
Napoleon: The bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.
Queen Victoria: That book accounts for the supremacy of England.
Daniel Webster: If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
W. H. Seward: The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever growing influence of the bible.
Patrick Henry: The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.
Horace Greeley: It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.
Andrew Jackson: That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.
Robert E. Lee: In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
Lord Tennyson: Bible reading is an education in itself.
John Quincy Adams: So great is my veneration of the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society.
Immanuel Kant: The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.
Charles Dickens: The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.
Henry Van Dyke: Born in the East and clothed in Oriental form and imagery, the Bible walks the ways of all the world with familiar feet and enters land after land to find its own everywhere. It has learned to speak in hundreds of languages to the heart of man. Children listen to its stories with wonder and delight, and wise men ponder them as parables of life. The wicked and the proud tremble at its warnings, but to the wounded and penitent it has a mother*s voice. It has woven itself into our dearest dreams; so that Love, Friendship. Sympathy, Devotion, Memory, Hope, put on the beautiful garments of its treasured speech. No man is poor or desolate who has this treasure for his own. When the landscape darkens, and the trembling pilgrim comes to the Valley of the Shadow, he is not afraid to enter; he takes the rod and staff of Scripture in hand; he says to friend and comrade, Goodbye; We Shall Meet Again; and, confronted by that support, he goes toward the lonely pass as one who walks through darkness into light.