28th February 2011

The Book

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NRSV)

This year, 2011, is the 400th anniversary of the translation and printing, by order of King James, of the Bible which bears his name. I don’t know if you ever read the Epistle Dedicatory just inside the front cover of every copy, written by the translators. It says: “To the most high and mighty prince James, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc. The translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

But the Author of the Bible, of course, is God, as we read in the above scriptures. God is the One who inspired these words for us. The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors—kings, peasants, a physician, scholars, poets, farmers, and fishermen, over a period of 1,500 years. They wrote independently as they were inspired by God, and most of them knew little or nothing of the others’ writings. Yet this amazing book came together and has survived despite many years of hostility along the way.

The Bible has also been looked upon as a history of man’s effort to find God, but of course that misses the mark, because it is actually an account of God’s effort to reach man and to establish a relationship with him through his Son Jesus Christ!

Over the centuries, many famous people have praised and put their stamp of approval on it; not that these comments make it any more reliable than it already is, but it does show just how they stood in awe of this Book of all books:
President George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Queen Victoria asserted that, “That book accounts for the supremacy of England.”
Sir Isaac Newton believed, “There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.”

“For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.” (Hebrews 4:12 NLT, 1966).

Father Almighty, thank you for preserving your word for us over countless generations—words of life, words of truth, words of peace, and  the good news that you love us so much that you gave your Son so that we might be reconciled to you as your children…forever.

Study by Cliff Neill 

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