“Is the Bible True … All of It?” October 25

 

Is the Bible True ... All of It? - How do you view the Bible? Do you see it as a cafeteria line where you pick and choose what you like? Do you cut and paste the Bible at will? Do you view it as merely a book of nice suggestions for living? Or do you view it as God Word and allow it to direct every area of your life?How do you view the Bible? Do you see it as a cafeteria line where you pick and choose what you like? Do you cut and paste the Bible at will? Do you view it as merely a book of nice suggestions for living? Or do you view it as God’s Word and allow it to direct every area of your life?

 

Today’s Readings:
Jeremiah 35 & 36
Psalm 119.65-72
Proverbs 27.22
1 Timothy 4.1-16

 

Is the Bible True … All of It?

 

Jeremiah 35 & 36:

Cutting and Pasting the Bible

Chapter 36.22-26 says:

22 Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning on the hearth before him. 23 And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. 24 Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words. 25 Nevertheless Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah implored the king not to burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them. 26 And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them.

The king was sitting in his house, warm and comfortable, and—with a complete disregard for the Word of God! When the Scriptures were read to him, he simply cut them off the scroll and threw them into the fire!

is the Bible trueI once heard about a liberal theologian who literally cut the first few chapters of Genesis out of his Bible. Others today throw out the whole Bible as being the work of men. Still others, claim they are followers of Christ, but pick and choose what to believe.

Some talk about how Jesus loves everyone, but forget that He ordered the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Some claim to love God but don’t do what He says, forgetting His words, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (Jn. 14.15). And others say it’s a book of principles alone. They deny its truthfulness in the area of history and science and eliminate the whole creation account.

Then there are those who cut and paste the Bible with other religious ideas. They take what they like from Christianity, add a little Eastern religion, and toss in some mysticism. Or they say they’re Christians but add other books or some so-called higher knowledge. Still others deny the Deity of Christ, the virgin birth, or the reality of the Trinity.  Continue reading

Bite Sized Theology: The Bible, “The” Book

 

Bite Sized Theology: The Bible, "The" Book - This week we're going to take a little bite out of the Doctrine of the Bible or Bibliology.

 

Bite Sized Theology: The Bible, “The” Book

 

This week we’re going to take a little bite out of the Doctrine of the Bible or Bibliology.

The Greek word for Bible is Biblos, but when the early Christians wrote the name on a scroll containing God’s Word, they wrote Ho Biblos: Biblos meaning Book and Ho meaning The.

The Bible is no ordinary book. It is The Book.

2 Timothy 3.16-17 says:

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

It was inspired by God. The literal translations says God breathed it out.

The Bible is not a book about God, it is the very Word of God.

 

Didn’t Men Write the Bible

 

But wait a minute, didn’t men write the Bible? What about Moses, Peter, Paul, John and other biblical authors?

Men penned the Bible. They were His instruments transcribing what was in the mind of God.

I’m a note taker. I take lots of notes … during church services, in classes, and when I’m counseling. I even have a preferred writing instrument, a special pen I like to use when writing. Yet, it would be silly to say that my pen took notes. It was merely the instrument.

2 Peter 1.21 says:

21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The same Greek word was used in Acts 27.15 talking about a ship caught in a powerful storm. It says:

15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along (NASB).

The storm was so fierce that the sailors couldn’t sail into it without great danger. They had to allowed the ship to be “driven along” by the wind.  Continue reading

December 30 “The Bible all one book”

the bible one bookThe Bible is not a series of books about God. It is one book, written by numerous human authors, and inspired by God. It is His story told through His continuing revelation of Himself to mankind.

As we finish the book of Revelation, we learn about two final judgments. One day every person will stand before God at one of them: “the great white throne judgment” or “the judgment seat of Christ.” Unbelievers will be judged for their sins and condemned to the lake of fire. As believers we will not be judged for our sin, but we will be judged for our works and our motives for doing those works (1 Cor. 5:9-10) and receive rewards or loss of rewards, accordingly.

 

Today’s Readings:
Zechariah 13 & 14
Psalm 149.5-9
Proverbs 31.1-9
Revelation 20.1-15

Well, we’re almost there. I pray that many of you have read more of God’s Word than you have in the past. Notice I said “more of God’s Word.” Though many of you finished the goal, I know some of you are weeks or even months behind or maybe you quit after a few months, or maybe it’s been in fits and starts. But did you read more of God’s Word in 2014 than you had before or did you get more out of your reading than you had before. If so, it’s been a successful endeavor!

If you have a testimony about how reading God’s Word impacted your life this year, I’d love for you to share it.

On to the Word …

 

the bible one bookZechariah 13 & 14:

The Bible all one book

Zechariah prophesied beginning about 520 B.C., but did you notice that he prophesied many of the same things Jesus revealed to the aging Apostle John toward the end of the first century A.D. and recorded in the book of Revelation?

We see the same picture of Jesus coming back the second time as the King of kings and Lord of lords, his feet touching down on the Mount of Olives followed by a great earthquake and the destruction of Satan’s armies.

We also see the description of Christ as the Shepherd (13.7) which David wrote about in Psalm 23 and Jesus called Himself in John 10. He is the Good Shepherd who gave up His life for the sheep (Jn. 10.11).

The more you read and study God’s Word, the more you see that it is not a series of books about God. It is one book, penned by numerous human authors, but inspired by God. Just as a writer controls his pen or writing instrument, God superimposed himself over the hearts and minds of his instruments, the human authors.

It is His story told through His continuous revelation of Himself to mankind.

 

the bible one bookPsalm 149.5-9:

Praise & a sword

Verse 6, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”

This is how we fight life’s battles—by praising God and trusting in His sovereignty, and by speaking and living according to His Word.

 

Proverbs 31.1-9

A mother’s advice to the king

Verses 1-9 contain the first of two poems in this chapter. This first one contains advice Continue reading