There is no other book like the Bible. It is a book of origins. It is a history of God’s dealings with mankind from Adam to the end of the book of Revelation (about 96 AD). The Bible comes from the mind of God through His Holy Spirit. Hence, the Bible IS the word of God that He revealed to mankind. The Bible is truly a unique book.
When we read the book of Genesis we are not reading a fable that was invented by men and passed down to each of the following generations. The creation account did not originate with some Babylonian fable but is the inspired account of the creation of our world. The Scriptures found in Genesis and the rest of the Bible are not “once upon a time” stories or fables but contains factual accounts of the creation and of God’s dealings with men in ages gone by.
While God’s purpose was not to present us with a history book the Bible does tell us ancient history. It tells us of the experiences of real people who lived in real towns and countries. There WAS a couple named Adam and Eve. There WERE men named Abraham, Issac, Joseph and Moses. David WAS a King of Israel. The list goes on and on.
For example, look at the in Luke 2:1-8 as it tells us the historical events leading up to the birth of Jesus. In his account we read of Caesar Augustus taxing the world. We learn that this taxing it took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria. The passage informs us of the trip that Joseph and his espoused wife Mary made to the city of Bethlehem. A trip made necessary because he was of the house and lineage of David.
This historical record gives us vital information on the lineage and the place of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. This unique passage in Matthew gives us information that fulfills an Old Testament prophecy. The place, Bethlehem, was foretold by the prophet Micah in Micah 5:2. That Christ would be of the lineage of David was foretold in 2 Samuel 7:12-13. How unique is that? Only Divine assistance could have provided such details on events what would not be fulfilled until a future date.
An honest assessment of the Old Testament will cause one to believe that God inspired the prophets when they spoke. There are thousands of passages in the Old Testament where the human author claimed his message came from God Himself. One scholar wrote that the Old Testament claimes to be the word of God 3,808 times. I have not personally counted these occurrences but I can tell you there are thousands that are easily found. Look at the first chapter of all twelve Minor Prophets for some good examples of the claims made by the prophets that God spoke to His people through them. Either these claims are true or the entire Old Testament is fraudulent and should be discarded. Jesus, Himself gave notice to his apostles that the entire Old Testament spoke of Him, Luke 24:44-48.
Peter informs us that all the prophets from Samuel onward spoke of Christ, Acts 3:17-24. How unique is that? The Bible foretold the coming of Christ and His kingdom. Hundreds of prophecies are named and fulfilled in Christ or His kingdom as recorded in the New Testament. Truly the Bible is a unique book! Both the Old and New Testaments came into being through inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The Paul, the Apostle, wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God,” ESV. The King James Version of Scripture says “All Scripture is inspired by God”. The Greek word for inspired means “God breathed”. That is to say, the Holy Spirit gave holy men of God their messages. They wrote these messages down while taking no credit for the origin of their message.
Peter put it this way, “Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” 2 Peter 1:20-21. Man did write the message down but they received their information through the Holy Spirit. It was God’s message not mans.
Paul stated, “If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord,” 1 Corinthians 14:37. From this passage you can see that Paul would accuse those who did not believe his message as rejecting the word of God – not the word of Paul. How unique is that? Read 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 for further illumination on how the mind of God was revealed to mankind through the Spirit of God.
No wonder righteous men throughout history loved the word of God. They treasured it as being of great value. Let’s look as one great example from the book of Psalms that shows us the attitude of those who love the word of God. In Psalm 119:104-106 the Psalmist wrote:
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules,” Psalm 119:103-106. Here are some of the teachings found in this Scripture?
Here are some things we can learn from this passage of Scripture:
1. Scripture is of more value than earthly pleasures, (Psalm 119:103). Honey is sweet but the word of God is sweeter.
2. Scripture gives us understanding of God and His ways, (Psalm 119:104). When men reason by their own wisdom, apart from God’s revealed word, they will err from the truth, Proverbs 16:25. True understanding comes from Bible study.
3. Scripture helps us to understand good from evil. (Psalm 119:104). The child of God hates every evil way. A person cannot learn right from wrong based upon worldly wisdom. People who do not know God’s ways try and figure out what is good or bad based upon their own desires. God does not give us that much freedom. We are to learn and obey His commandments, Matthew 7:21-23.
4. Scripture enlightens us spiritually, (Psalm 119:105). The Bible serves as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. When we know Scripture we are more able to walk in the light of God’s word without stumbling, 1 John 1:7.
5. Scripture gives us rules to keep, (Psalm 119:106). Here we learn the need to make a firm commitment to keep God’s righteous rules. God’s commandments are given for our benefit and there is great reward in keeping them.
I would encourage you to make a commitment this New Year (2015) to regularly read the unique word of God and also to make a commitment to keep His commandments. You will be blessed by doing so.