There is only one God that has mercy on evil men. There is only one God that sacrificed Himself so that men might live. There is only one God that doesn’t wash His hands of His people when they fail Him, betray Him or go astray. There is only one God that knows His chief enemy’s (Satan) every move. There is only one God that allows two way communication with His people (From Him through His word and us through our prayers). There is only one God that rescues men from certain doom.
How do I know these things? By reading this ancient book. Believing the words found therein are the “skeleton key” that unlocks some of the many mysteries of this great God: Romans 10:17 – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” And the daily providence of God is scattered everywhere: Acts 14:17 – “Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
God’s word is His revelation of Himself to us. It tells us in part who this great God is. Without His word we wouldn’t know He is the creator: Romans 1:20 – “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Reading the bible is where one starts to really believe what one has been told about God, but it’s only the start, for there is an intended end: intimacy with Him. Reading this book is where imperfect people learn they can have a relationship with a perfect God. It gives us a heads-up on the will of God. All of the answers are found between its covers for a successful life. There isn’t a greater treasure that man can have: Psalm 119:162 – “I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.” Therefore, it’s not just another religious book, it’s the literal word of God, it’s a divine book: 2 Timothy 3:16 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
God’s word is help to help us learn about us. No other book gives an accurate account of man’s physical and spiritual origin. No other book accurately details man’s history, present nor gives us our tomorrow with such boldness, clarity and truth. Reading His word is the primary way His children hear from Him. It tells a dying man how to be rescued from our natural nature (we love sin) and eternal death (the consequences of our love affair with sin). It shows us how to love our brother and fellowman.
And He tells us about His great enemy, who becomes ours as soon as we are born into His family. It teaches us things we otherwise would have no way of knowing. It’s for every man, woman, boy or girl, that’s in His family. God’s word tells us how to live. Being without God’s word is the equivalent of living life without life support: Romans 15: – “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
It’s extraordinary in it speaks one language in many languages, for the message is for all men everywhere. It gives an accurate account of man’s condition. It is a Christian’s soul-food and life-line for our hungry soul. It tells the reader about the only begotten sinless Son of God and what His bloody sacrifice did for man. It tells us that Christ work on the cross is the only way to pay man’s sin debt.
It tells us His work on the cross was accepted and enough to satisfy a holy God. In going to the cross, His perfect love is revealed; this act of love is worthy of worship, honor and praise towards Him. Because of His great sacrifice, this relationship is the most prized of saved men and women. It is to be guarded with all our might and cherished with all our hearts. The bible encourages us to grow, pursuing an even closer walk with Christ. Because the only way to love God is to know Him, to know Him is to fall in love with the scripture, to love Him is to know truth: John 17:17 – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
It gets better. God’s word satisfies the spiritual hungry: Jeremiah 15:16 – “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” His word offers many life lessons and it soften life’s blows: Psalm 119:50 – “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.”
His word is a friend to His family; it’s a saving hand to His enemies. Reading this book provides direction for the aimless. It’ll beat out a path for the beaten down. It’s a way out of trouble for the troubled. It’s a sustainer for the weak. It gives comfort to the uncomfortable. It gives rest to the restless. It heals the heart of the broken hearted. It loves the loveless. It gives balance to the out-of-balanced. It’s help to the helpless.
And it has so many words of wisdom, for it is manna from heaven: Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” But only a child of God can get true understanding, for it is a spiritual book. To get understanding though, believers must ride the coattails of His Spirit: John 16:13 – “… he will guide you into all truth….” A believer that nibbles every now and then or has half-hearted study habits will only get crumbs and a surface understanding.
His word tells us we are here for a Godly purpose and His good pleasures: worshiping, praising and honoring Him. It admonishes the Christian to be biblical in everything we do. It reveals if we read God’s word daily and take it to heart, we will make every day count: Acts 17:11 – “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily….” Daily reading strengthens us and our relationship with God. In fact, a child of God in right relationship with Him will not only want to read His word, but will want to do what he or she has read. For there isn’t a successful life for a child of God apart from obedience. And if we aren’t reading God’s words, we aren’t hearing from nor or we listening to God.
Getting the deep meaning of scripture is no small job, it’s time consuming. God must be sought out, He must be pursued. He must be first in His children’s lives. But it’s worth the cost. There is something else. The word of God cannot be understood without guidance by the Holy Spirit. But we must be very careful, every book that is titled “Holy Bible” is not the word of God. Easy to understand bibles do great injustice to the holy scriptures, they more than shortchange its readers.
This book is more than getting the facts straight, it’s so much more than a good read or good information: Psalm 119: 103-104 – “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” It’s a love letter from a God that isn’t wishy-washy. Because of His divine love, this isn’t an on-again off-again relationship. Reading the bible is the only way to get this true story.
There is more. This great book is also the true science book. It’s a book of geography too.
Get this, it may sound crazy, it’s the best selling book in our history. It’s all those things and more. It is everything to anyone that needs anything. It even challenges God’s skeptics.
In God’s life’s manual, there are no errors, misquotes, half-truths or gray areas found therein, it needs no correction. But calling it an autobiography of Jesus Christ I find inadequate. It’s far beyond where any man’s mind can take him or her, but at the same time it meets man where the rubber meets the road. For God giving us His word and coming down to our level, every man should be thankful. Thank you Jesus.