The Bible has many useful purposes. It’ makes a lovely wedding gift for the happy couple and an inspiring graduation gift to the student. It comes in many sizes and colors and looks astonishing when artfully displayed on a coffee table. It can also sit on the corner of a desk and give off an air of sophistication to those who pass by. And let’s not forget the pages at the front that reveals the family tree. But besides being a pretty tangible object, does the Bible have any other value?
To the Believer, the Bible is our lifeline to God!
The Bible is His-story of our existence since the beginning of the world. It tells of the fall of mankind and is filled with the prophecies that predict the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is filled with heroes who worked with God to save the nation of Israel, while at the same time, makes us aware of those who God poured His wrath upon because they blatantly chose to serve sin and false gods. The New Testament tells of His miraculous birth, death, and resurrection. It is a complete account of God’s creation, how it began, what it’s been through, and where it’s going.
You won’t learn from someone telling you. You need to read it for yourself.
Many people have studied the Bible and noted all the factual points. Some are easy to understand; most are guestimates. When you read it as you would any history book, you can follow the timeframe, and you can learn how the people lived, and about Jesus performing miracles. But on your own merits of understanding, you will only learn the obvious face value of the words. You will never know the hidden truth behind them.
As Believers, the only way—the ONLY way—to read the Bible is to pray first and ask God to teach His truth to your heart. If you are serious, then the Holy Spirit will reveal His truth to you. And as you begin to understand the words and the stories and the prophecies, the hidden message from God will be revealed to you.
The men who wrote the original Scriptures didn’t write their own version of what they thought; they wrote the words that the Holy Spirit told them to write. This is why the Bible is truly the inspired Word of God. This is why, when you read under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, you will see that there is only ONE message and only ONE interpretation. However, those who read it without God will find it confusing and hard to understand.
- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.—John 14:26
The promises of God to the children of Israel suddenly become promises to us. We see them, we believe them, and we accept them. We read the laws of God, and we know that He gave them for every person throughout the ages, and that to break them is to sin, and that the wages of sin is death. We also know that Jesus has taken our sins from us, yet, we still follow His laws because if God said it, then it’s law, and no one is above God’s law.
The Bible teaches us the truth about God, and of His loving character, and of His faithfulness to those who love Him. We learn that Jesus was not just a man born miraculously to a virgin, but He is the Son of God, our Healer, our Deliverer, our Salvation, our Lord, and our King. These aren’t just names that we give to Jesus; this is His truth that He has revealed to us!
When Jesus walked this earth, His cousin John baptized Him in water, and afterward, He went up into the hills to be alone with God. But the devil was there waiting for Him because he wanted to try and get Jesus to sin just as he’d got Adam to sin. The devil knew who Jesus was—He was God in the flesh—and he knew why Jesus had come to earth. But, Jesus was in a human body, and the devil also knew that the body can be weak. So he tried for 40 days to get Jesus to fall, but he couldn’t. Why not? Because at each temptation, Jesus spoke the word of God at him. And the devil fled.
The words in the Bible are like electricity; the power is there ready to be released, but it needs a contact point to work. We, the Believers in Christ, are that contact point through faith. As we study the Bible and seek God, our faith in God grows, and the Holy Spirit makes the connection and brings life to the very words we are reading.
Jesus has given us, His followers, the same authority, to speak out His word so that others can know Him, be healed and be freed from bondage. There is power in the Word of God. Whether we are speaking over a personal situation or helping someone else, when we speak them out, knowing that these are God’s words being spoken through us, God does what His words declare!
What is the value of the Bible? It’s the lifeline that takes you to the cross!
- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
—2 Timothy 2:15
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Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day….ronnie