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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What Is the Bible?

I find that some Christians think that the Bible is no more than a book of wisdom. They see it as somewhat helpful but believe that its principles may not apply in all situations. They seek the Bible to confirm what they want to do, give them encouragement when things aren't going well and even give advice on how they can employ God to give them what they want. They do not understand what the Bible really is.

The Bible is God's message to the world. The principles recorded in the Bible are not optional. They are interpreted by the Holy Spirit to reveal spiritual things to spiritual people. It was written by people who were inspired by the Spirit. It contains all the necessary instructions for a Christian to become mature. It should be read, heard, meditated upon, analyzed,  memorized and followed. It is more powerful than any or all of the Christian be-bop songs on the radio in leading a person to become a fully functional follower of Jesus Christ.

It is impossible to do what is contrary to what the Bible says and still be in the middle of God's will. God's word is consistent. The Bible is the best commentary on the Bible. It is interpreted in the context of the day, in the context of the passage, in the context of the book and in the context of the whole Bible. The principles are clear to those who seek Him. These principles will lead the Christian to a closer walk with the Lord. Disobedience to these principles will lead them further away.

I have said it before: The most important thing a Christian can do is spend a portion of his/her day (Five minutes is a good start. Early is the best time.) reading the Bible and listening to for the Holy Spirit to speak.

The Bible is not like any other book you have read. It is God's message to you.

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

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