THE BIBLE / SCRIPTURE
“The Holy Scriptures are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully equipped to do every kind of good deed.” (2 Timothy 3: 15-17)
As Christians, we believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, infallible in truth, and the ultimate and final authority in doctrine. From beginning to end, the Bible is about the creation, man’s fall, God’s secret plan of redemption, and the future restoration of mankind for eternity.
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, when man sinned and lost his communication with God spiritually, man is only able to understand the things of God through our five senses. For over 1600 years, God has been communicating with man through the “inspired” writings of kings, peasants, prophets, fishermen, physicians, scholars, tax collectors, and ordinary men with ONE central message: Man has alienated himself to God and God has a plan to re-establish man’s relationship with Himself!
The Bible is man’s guide for living. It is the source for what Christians believe about God, Christ, humanity, sin, salvation, heaven, hell, and eternity. It’s God’s wisdom being imparted on His followers who diligently seek Him. For the Bible says:
“Listen to what you are taught. Be wise; do not neglect it. The man who listens to me will be happy, the man who stays at my door every day, waiting at the entrance to my home. The man who finds me finds life, and the Lord will be pleased with him.” (Proverbs 8: 33-35)
The Bible is a compilation of 66 Books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.
The Old Testament describes the creation of man, how sin entered the world, man’s futile efforts to establish laws and rules to temporarily appease God. Through the Jews, it establishes the way in which a perfect, innocent animal must shed its blood as a temporary appeasement of God’s Holy Wrath. The Old Testament points toward a perfect, innocent Savior who will come and permanently reconcile man to God.
The New Testament is all about this Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ. It describes His virgin birth, choosing of His disciples, miracles, death and resurrection, apostolic teachings, and a description of the end times and how Jesus will come again to redeem His Church, forever!
Read it, Study it, Meditate upon it, and gain God’s wisdom from it!
Additional References: Revelation 22:18, Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 1:1
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