What Information Does the Bible Contain?
"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us." (Hebrews 4:12, 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4)
The Bible is God's Special Revelation to Us
The Bible is a collection of letters and documents penned by forty different authors written over a period of fifteen hundred years. These include documents written to record history, God's interactions with people as well as letters written from one person to another. We generally refer to each of these documents as "books." The Bible consists of sixty-six of these different "documents" or "books," divided into an Old Testament and a New Testament. The word for "Testament" can also be translated as "Covenant." This means that the Bible consists of the "Old Covenant," which is before the incarnation of Jesus, and the "New Covenant," after the incarnation of Jesus. There are four hundred years separating the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament from the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Yet from Genesis to Revelation they tell one seamless, unfolding story of God's plan of redemption for humanity. The Bible presents the consistent theme of God's holiness, love and grace, while providing answers to the most important questions we can ask of ourselves concerning living and dying.
The Bible contains stirring accounts of God at work in the lives of His people. The Bible is God's special revelation to mankind, regarding His plan of redemption for all of humanity, as well as His interactions with humanity to bring about His plan of redemption. With broad strokes, the authors portray the grand, redemptive purpose of God as revealed in His acts throughout the Old and New Testaments. We see the drama starting in the Old Testament with God's creation of the universe, and from there we move through the history of the lives of the patriarchs as they grow from a small family of seventy strong, to the nation of Israel. The Bible shows us the release of the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery, their settlement in Canaan, and finally the loss and resettlement of their land. The story continues in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus Christ, His life, death and resurrection. This is followed by the growth of the early church and the writings of His apostles and other early followers of Jesus.
Because the Bible is God's special revelation to us regarding His plan of redemption, the Bible is all about Jesus Christ. The Bible in its entirety from the Old Testament to the New Testament testifies of Jesus, who is the long awaited for Messiah. Despite the span of time and the various writers, the messages, parables and historical accounts, which are contained within the Bible are coherent and seamless, which itself is evidence of the hand of God in its creation. The Bible offers knowledge in a number of different areas including history, knowledge about God, prophecies of the future, morality and the meaning to life. But most importantly, all of Scripture leads to life because it leads us to Christ Jesus our Lord and the fact that salvation is given by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone.
Scripture taken from the Modern King James Version of the Holy Bible Copyright © 1962 - 1998 By AJay P. Green, Sr.
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