Description of the holy bible – Part 14
The Bible is ‘God’s truth; hence it is trustworthy. Jesus said “Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth.” (Jn 17:17). This means God’s Word can be relied upon. It is honest, true and has integrity. People now talk about what is useful or what is practical as the way to get through. But they no longer consider truth as absolute. They often think that what is true is right today but will not necessarily be so tomorrow, whereas in the Scriptures, what was true yesterday is true today and will always be true. Truth never changes (Prov 12:19).
Scripture is our sources for truth. When Pilate asked: “What is truth?” (Jn 18:38), he was being cynical; he thought that all truth was relative. To many government officials, truth was whatever the majority of people agreed with or whatever helped advance their own personal power and political goals. When there is no basis for truth, there is no basis for moral right and wrong. Justice becomes whatever works or whatever helps those in power. In Jesus and His Word, we have a standard for truth and for our moral behaviour.
• The truth of the Bible is eternal. Scripture is not an academic tome (like our medical text books) that constantly has to be rewritten to keep up with modern research. The Bible contains eternal truth—not something that varies with each passing generation.
• The Bible is a living book. The revelation in the Bible is continuous and inexhaustible. We can discover something new from the Bible each time we read it. Every time one reads it, it yields new vistas and new surprises. One cannot ‘finish’ a Book that reveals an infinite God. All other books can, after a certain amount of studying, be exhausted of meaning. But you can never exhaust the Bible’s meaning and applications.
• The inexhaustible Christ lives in its pages, and because of that, new light can always be expected ‘to break out from His Word.’
• The Bible is not just a book to believe but to be lived. Time spent with the Bible is of incalculable worth. Hence, we must find the time to read it. We live in a generation of media-minded people rather than Bible-minded people, sensational and flighty rather than wise and steady, and we need this trend to be reversed.
• The Bible is the power of God unto eternal salvation and the source of present help for body, soul, and spirit (Rom. 1:16; Jn. 15:7). Christ is its grand subject, man’s good its design, and the glory of God its end. It is a mine of wealth, the source of health, and a world of pleasure.
• The Bible is God’s will or testament to men in all ages, revealing the plan of God for man here and now, and in the next life. It will be opened at the judgment, and it will last forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward for the least to the greatest of labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
• The Bible is the record of God’s dealings with man in the past, present, and future. It contains His message of eternal salvation for all who believe in Christ, and eternal damnation for all who rebel against the gospel.
• As a literary composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever made. It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size, and others no larger than a tract.
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