V The Bible
(Pastor Ian C. Kurylyk)
“Search the Scriptures”
The Bible Is A Complete and Sufficient Provision from God for All our Spiritual Need
We are greatly blessed to have been left such a valuable resource.
a. For the answer to any question- theological or practical- Christians are directed to the Bible. The final authority is always “what saith the Scripture?” (Romans 4:3a).
b. The Bible is not of human origin, but is a special revelation given by God. It reveals to us what we could not know any other way. “[T]he testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalms 19:7b).
The Bible Was Given to Us from God by A Miracle
a. Though God used human beings to write them down, the Scriptures are not the words of man, but the very words of God. “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (I Thessalonians 2:13).
b. God so moved and overruled the writers of the Bible that the writings are the very Word of 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” (II Peter 1:21).
c. The written Word of God (Scripture) is as truly the Word of God's mouth as the words we speak are our own. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). This text tells us that the Writings are actually “God-breathed”. What more could He say to encourage us to a proper confidence in the written Word?
The Bible Is a Living Book
a. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The old English word “quick” used here has the meaning of living.
b. The Bible sets before us Jesus Christ Who is the Word of God incarnate. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
c. Jesus taught us to search the Scriptures to find Him. “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
The Bible Is the Key to Life for Man
a. The Apostle Peter teaches us God's Word first is needed by the unsaved because it is the seed of eternal life. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23).
b. Several verses later we learn the same Book provides for spiritual nourishment and growth of believers. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).
The Bible Is the Final Standard and Authority
a. All beliefs, teachings, and doctrines are judged to be true or false by this authoritative Book given by God. “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).
b. The Word of God is also the authority that determines for us the Christian standards we are to live by. “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind” (Ephesians 4:17).
c. “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more” (I Thessalonians 4:1).
The Bible Is the Prime Object of Satan's Attacks
a. Ephesians 6:10-17 teaches us that the Word of God arms Christians for their spiritual battle. In that passage figurative language is used to compare the Word to various pieces of spiritual armour. The Bible must be depended upon and believed to help a Christian be an overcomer in daily life. If the devil can weaken our confidence in God's Word he has disarmed us and left us vulnerable to his attacks.
b. Satan works by promoting his lies in the place of God's Truth. The Christian has many things to learn throughout his lifetime from the Bible about lies of the devil that have been accepted as popular wisdom. As we learn new lessons and receive more light we need to bring changes into our lives.
c. The devil's first words ever spoken to mankind were, “Yea, hath God said...?” (Genesis 3:1). To entertain this question in our hearts is the beginning of spiritual defeat. The lies of Satan and the truth of God are always in conflict with each other.
The English Bible to Use Is the King James Version
It is strongly recommended that the believer use the King James Version. It represents a textual tradition that genuine New Testament Christians have held firmly to for centuries, while rejecting other versions based on a different kind of Greek text. (Greek was the original language used in the writing of the New Testament.)