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Description of the Holy Bible – Part 15


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

These books include various forms of literature—history, biography, poetry, proverbial saying, hymns, letters, directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories, prophecy, and all other forms of human expression.

• The Bible is the only book that reveals 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 binding, its histories true, and its decisions immutable. It contains light to direct, spiritual food to sustain, and comfort to cheer. Man should read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practise it to be holy. He should read it that it might fill his memory, rule his heart, and guide his feet in righteousness and true holiness. He should read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly, devotionally and study it constantly, perseveringly, and industriously—through and through, until it becomes a part of his being, generating faith that will move mountains.

• There is a divine current in the Word of God.
“The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63)
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrew 4:12)


The Word of God is not simply a collection of words from God, a vehicle for communicating ideas. It is living, life-changing and dynamic as it works in us. With the incisiveness of a surgeon’s knife, God’s Word reveals who we are and what we are not. It penetrates the core of our moral and spiritual life. It discerns what is within us, both good and evil. The demands of God’s Word require decisions. We must not only listen to the Word, but we must also let it shape our lives.

Read (a) 2 Kings 22:3-13 and see Josiah’s reaction when the book was discovered.
“Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 12. …saying, 13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” (2 kings 22:11-13)
(b) Nehemiah 8:7-9 “For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law” (Neh 8:9)
(c) The crowd’s response to Peter’s Sermon on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4-45)
“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)

• The Word of God is eternal and unchangeable
“Forever, O LORD, Your Word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.  24Because “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of manas the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Pet 1:23-25) Mobile: +234 803 344 6614; +234 808 123 7987

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