By what name are the sacred writings of the Bible commonly known?
"Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?" Matthew 21:42
What other title is given this revelation of God to man?
"And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
Note: Its intresting to note that the word Bible does not occur in the Bible itself. It is derived from the Latin biblia, which came from the Greek biblia, or "little book." The Greek word biblia in turn is derived from byblus, or papyrus, the name of the material upon which the ancient books were written. The Bible has 66 books and was written by 35 -40 men over a period of some 1500 years. The books are called the "word of God,'" or the "Scriptures." "Scriptures means "writings." Thus "Sacred Scriptures" means "Sacred Writings."
How were the scriptures given?
"All scripture is given by the inspiration of God." 2 Timothy 3:16
Who directed the men who spoke for God?
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21
Peter said: Men [and] brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. Acts 1:16
Who, therefore, did the speaking through these men?
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hebrews 1:1
For what urpose were the scriptures written?
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4
How much is the Bible is profitable?
All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Tim 3:16
Why did He give us the Bible?
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lamp unto my path." Psalms 119:105
The Divisions of Scripture
What three divisions did Jesus refer to in the writing of the Old Testament?
And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me. Luke 24:44
What evidence did Jesus base His Messiahship?
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27
Note: Jesus referred particularly to the Old Testament prophecies as proof of His Messiahship. When Jesus spoke of the scriptures He meant the Old Testament, because the New Testament was not yet been written.
The Charactor of God and His Word
What is God called in the scriptures?
[He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he. Deuteronomy 32:4
If God is perfict and He is truth, then what is the character of His Word?
"sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth." John 17:17
What test should be applied to every professed teacher of truth?
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them. Isaiah 8:20
To what extent has God magnified His word?
for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name Psalms 138:2
Note: A mans name stands for his character. It is the same with God. When God places His word above His name, His character becomes the foundation of His word and the pledge that His word will be fulfilled (Heb 6:13. 14.)
The Testimony of Three Great Men
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food]. Job 23:12
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. Psalms 119:54
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for everMatthew 24:35
Men die-The Bible lives
In the last text just quoted the voice of Jesus while on earth joins with that of Isaiah of old in asserting that the word of God is forever. The French skeptic Voltaire said that the Bible was an exploded book. He has been dead for more than 150 years. It was his theory that exploded—not the Bible. Ingersoll said that the Bible would not be read in ten years. He has been dead some fifty years, but the Bible lives on. Today it outsells any other one hundred books combined. And he who will take this Book into his heart and life will live forever. (1 John 2:17.)
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