WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE BIBLE
I Pet. 1:23-2:3
One does not need to go far in reading the Scriptures and in examining the lives of the godly of all ages to see the important place of the Bible in the lives of Christians.
No man’s education is complete if he does not know the Bible.
No believer can live a life pleasing to the Lord without an adequate grasp of the Bible.
SOME TRUTHS ABOUT THE BIBLE:
- It came from God.
A. The FACT of the divine origin of the Bible.
1. The Bible itself claims to be of divine origin (II Tim. -17).
a. All Scripture is God-breathed.
b. This is true of both the Old and the New Testaments.
c. All through the Bible we see the phrase “thus saith the Lord.”
2. The EVIDENCES of divine origin.
a. The UNITY of the Bible gives evidence of its divine origin.
- It was written by 40 or more different writers, coming from all ranks of life, who wrote over a period of 1600 years.
- When we put together the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, we find a complete unity.
b. The ACCURACY of the Bible is another evidence of its divine origin.
- Fulfilled prophecy proves its divine origin (II Pet. ).
B. The MEANING of the divine origin of the Bible.
a. If we are to know God, He must reveal Himself to us.
b. God revealed truth to the Bible writers (I Cor. 2:9-11).
c. God reveals Himself to us through His Word.
a. God inspires His Word.
b. The Bible writers under inspiration of the Holy Spirit compared spiritual things with spiritual words (I Cor. 2:12-13; II Pet. 1:20-21).
a. As the Author of the Bible, the Holy Spirit must also be the Interpreter and Teacher of the Bible (I Cor. 2:14; I Jn. 2:20, 27).
b. God opens our hearts and gives us spiritual understanding.
II. THE CENTRAL THEME OF THE BIBLE
A. Is JESUS CHRIST
1. The Old Testament writers spoke of Him (Lk. 24:27, 44).
2. The Scriptures speak of Christ who is the source of eternal life (Jn. ).
3. When we look for the Lord Jesus in the Scriptures, they will open up to us.
B. The Bible reveals to us the suffering and glory of our Lord (I Pet. -11).
III. THE ENDURING CHARACTER OF THE BIBLE
A. It is an ETERNAL Book.
1. The Word of God is forever settled in heaven (Ps. 119:89).
2. The Word of God shall never pass away (Mt. 24:35).
B. The Bible is an ENDURING Book.
1. The Word of God shall endure forever (I Pet. -25).
2. No book has been hated and attacked as much as the Bible, yet no book has lasted so long and has been so popular as the Bible.
IV. THE UNIQUE POWER OF THE BIBLE
A. The Bible is a living and powerful Book (Heb. ).
B. The Bible is the MEDIUM of spiritual life (I Pet. ).
1. Souls are born again through faith in the Gospel message (Rom. -17).
2. The Word is the spiritual seed used by the Spirit to produce the miracle of the new birth (Jas. ; Ps. 19:7).
C. The Bible is the METHOD of spiritual cleansing (I Pet. ; 2:1-2; Ps. 119:9; Jn. 15:3; ).
1. Men are purified through the message of the Bible.
2. The Bible points out sin and directs to Christ for cleansing.
3. When the Bible is neglected, sin will creep in.
D. The Bible is the MEANS of spiritual growth (I Pet. 2:2)
1. In order to grow spiritually, we must receive and apply God’s Word in our lives (Mt. 4:4).
2. The Bible is the spiritual food necessary for spiritual growth (II Tim. -17).
E. The Bible is the MESSAGE of spiritual men (I Pet. ).
1. The message of the Bible is that of salvation through the Gospel, which is the good news that Christ has died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures of our Justification (I Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:25).
2. This Gospel message is the “power of God unto salvation to all who believe”(Rom. ).
3. We are commissioned to give it to the world…(Mk. ).