Abraham Lincoln said that “the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”
One part of our spiritual inheritance from God is the Bible. Today we’d like to take a brief look at this unique book.
The Bible is made up of the 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. They cover a wide span of time, from the creation of the universe, through man’s fall and Christ’s redemption all the way into eternity.
It was written over a long period of time–1600 years– by at least 32 writers from all walks of life: kings, priests, fishermen, a doctor and many others.
It covers many subjects: God and His plan, man and his destiny, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the divine life, the believers, the church, the kingdom of God and the new heaven and new earth.
It contains the highest morality, the highest ethics, the highest wisdom. Yet it is different from every other book.
The reason that the Bible is different from all other books is that its nature is divine.
Although the Bible is made up of words, its source not man’s words but the words of God.
- All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
The Scripture is actually God-breathed. The Bible did not come out of man’s thoughts, but from God’s breathing into and out of the writers. When we come to the Bible, we are able to contact God and taste Him through the word of His breath.
The Scripture is God’s breathing, but His word came out from men who were borne by His Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21). The writers of the Bible received God’s inspiration, then under the power of the Holy Spirit, were borne and carried along by Him to speak out God’s word.
What is the Bible? The Bible is the revelation of God, revealing God Himself, His desire, His plan, and the origin of the universe.
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