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Summary: A factual lesson on the great attributes of the Bible to show how critical it is for us to read, study and apply God’s Word.

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE BIBLE, I FOUND THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION OF GOD’S HOLY WORD FROM AN ANONYMOUS AUTHOR:

“THIS BOOK IS THE MIND OF GOD, THE STATE OF MAN, THE WAY OF SALVATION, THE DOOM OF SINNERS, AND THE HAPPINESS OF BELIEVERS. ITS DOCTRINES ARE HOLY, ITS PRECEPTS ARE BINDING; ITS HISTORIES ARE TRUE, AND ITS DECISIONS ARE IMMUTABLE.

READ IT TO BE WISE, BELIEVE IT TO BE SAFE, PRACTICE IT TO BE HOLY. IT CONTAINS LIGHT TO DIRECT YOU, FOOD TO SUPPORT YOU, AND COMFORT TO CHEER YOU. IT IS THE TRAVELER’S MAP, THE PILGRIM’S STAFF, THE PILOT’S COMPASS, THE SOLDIER’S SWORD, AND THE CHRISTIAN’S CHARACTER.

HERE PARADISE IS RESTORED, HEAVEN OPENED, AND THE GATES OF HELL DISCLOSED. CHRIST IS ITS GRAND SUBJECT, OUR GOOD ITS DESIGN, AND THE GLORY OF GOD ITS END. IT SHOULD FILL THE MEMORY, RULE THE HEART, AND GUIDE THE FEET. READ IT SLOWLY, FREQUENTLY, PRAYERFULLY. IT IS A MINE OF WEALTH, A PARADISE OF GLORY, AND A RIVER OF PLEASURE. FOLLOW ITS PRECEPTS AND IT WILL LEAD YOU TO CALVARY, TO THE EMPTY TOMB, TO A RESURRECTED LIFE IN CHRIST; YES, TO GLORY ITSELF, FOR ETERNITY.”

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A WORK OF LITERATURE IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY THAT HAS AFFECTED THE WORLD MORE THAN THE HOLY BIBLE. THE BIBLE HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO 2,200 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES WORLDWIDE. IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT NO OTHER BOOK CAN COME CLOSE TO THE PUBLICATION OF GOD’S WORDS TO US.

HOW REMARKABLE THAT THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE WOULD ACTUALLY PUT THIS MUCH EFFORT IN ORDER TO COMMUNICATE WITH US. JUST KNOWING HOW HE ENSURED THAT IT WAS PIECED TOGETHER IS AN AMAZING FEAT IN AND OF ITSELF.

JUST LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING STATISTICS THAT PROVES THE BIBLE IS A SPECIAL MASTERPIECE OF COMMUNICATION FROM ALMIGHTY GOD TO HIS CREATION:

• THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN OVER A SPAN OF 1,500 YEARS

• THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN BY MORE THAN 40 DIFFERENT AUTHORS SUCH AS MOSES, DAVID, JOSHUA, DANIEL, SOLOMON, MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN. THESE AUTHORS REPRESENT ALL WALKS OF LIFE SUCH AS SHEPHERDS, FISHERMEN, SECRETARIES, SERVANTS, PRIME MINISTERS, KINGS, MILITARY GENERALS, TAX COLLECTORS AND EVEN A JEWISH RABBI AND MEDICAL DOCTOR.

• THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN IN ALL KINDS OF PLACES SUCH AS THE WILDERNESS, A DUNGEON, A PRISON, AND A PALACE. ALL OF THESE AREAS OF AUTHORSHIP WERE ACCOMPLISHED ON THE THREE CONTINENTS OF ASIA, AFRICA, AND EUROPE.

• GOD USED THE THREE LANGUAGES OF HEBREW, GREEK, AND ARAMAIC AND THEN PRESENTED THEM IN VARIOUS LITERARY STYLES SUCH AS POETRY, SONG, ROMANCE, MEMOIRS, SATIRE, BIOGRAPHY, LAW, PROPHECY, PARABLE, AND ALLEGORY.

GOD HAS GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO PRESENT HIS WORDS TO YOU. HE HAS SHOWN GREAT POWER AND LOVE TO REVEAL ALL THE PERSONAL AND INTIMATE THINGS HE WANTS TO SAY TO YOU.

AMONGST THE 66 BOOKS, 31,173 VERSES, AND 1,189 CHAPTERS, GOD SPOKE 773,692 WORDS DIRECTLY TO YOU AND ME ABOUT WHO HE IS AND WHY HE CHOSE TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO US. THIS GREAT AND MIGHTY REVELATION THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE GIVES US A SINGLE UNFOLDING STORY: GOD’S REDEMPTION OF HUMANITY.

THE UNIFYING THREAD OF THE BIBLE IS YOUR OWN SALVATION FROM SIN AND CONDEMNATION, TO A LIFE OF COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION AND UNENDING JOY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ONE, MERCIFUL, HOLY GOD WHO MADE THIS KNOWN TO YOU THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.


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