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Basic Truths About the Bible

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The Bible IS God’s Word, The Bible is timeless. The Bible is accurate and trustworthy. The Bible is transcendent.

The Bible is a unique book. That uniqueness authenticates it. It consists of 66 books, written by about 40 authors over a period of nearly 1500 years. Yet this book is a completely integrated, harmonious supernaturally delivered message that transcends man yet man was used to write it.

Things that prove the authenticity of Scripture

  • Unity of the Bible
  • Scientific Accuracy
  • Historical & Archaeological accuracy
  • Life-Changing Power

Prophecy:

  • Is the Great Authenticator of Scripture
  • Is God’s Unique Distinctive: Isaiah 41:21-22
  • Is a demonstration of God’s GloryIsaiah 42:8-9
  • Prophecy is the Acid Test of Deity: Isaiah 44:6-7
  • Is a Verifiable Proof of God’s Power: Isaiah 45:21
  • Is History Written in AdvanceIsa 46:10
  • Prophecy is to Confirm that God can be Trusted: Isaiah 48:3-5

The Bible

  • Is Reliable and trustworthy
  • Clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is the Son Of God
  • Makes Jesus the highest authority and infallible on any subject He addresses
  • The definitive nature of Scripture rules out speculation
  • Nothing but the truth
  • The Bible is not a reference or academic book but neither is it a fairy tale
  • Other “holy” books are full of fairy tales, absurdities, provable mistakes, myths and foolishness

The Bible Makes Big Claims You Can’t Ignore

  • 2 Pet 1:3  … all things that pertain to life & godliness, (emotional and spiritual health)
  • 2 Timothy 3:16  ~All Scripture is given by inspiration of God  (useful for many things)
  • Matthew 24:35   …My words will by no means pass away.  (is final and authoritative)

Elements of Scripture: Psalm 119:9–16

  • statutes (God’s regulations and rules)
  • judgments (God’s decisions and laws)
  • testimonies (God’s declarations)
  • precepts (God’s code of conduct)

Example of God’s Signature in Scripture (Gen 5):

  • Adam: man
  • Seth: appointed
  • Enosh: mortal
  • Kenan: sorrow
  • Mahalel: the blessed God
  • Jared: shall come down
  • Enoch: teaching
  • Methusaleh: his death shall bring (it was understand over 400 years of declaring the Flood to the world, that it would come upon Methusaleh’s death; every time he caught a cold, people panicked!)
  • Lamech: despairing
  • Noah: comfort

“Man is appointed mortal sorrow (the sin curse), but the Blessed God shall come down teaching the His death shall bring rest and comfort to the despairing”

Application: If the Bible really is authenticate and delivered supernaturally from God, then it should be taken much more seriously, more often and more fully into our lives.

Contemplation: If the Bible really contains words directly from God, why do we neglect it? Why is it “boring”?  Why do often hear “don’t go overboard” when it comes to the Bible? How can we make the Bible more enticing, more interesting, more important to us?  How does the neglect of Scripture affect our Christian life with regards to “Truth”? Evangelizing? Spiritual Power? Discernment? Prayer? Family? Marriage? Community?