The Incomparable Book

J. D. Conley
March 12, 2017

Preachers love books. Books are a subject that always comes up when preachers get together. We like reading them, and searching the dusty shelves of musty used bookstores. Our adrenaline starts pumping when we finally locate that special and rare book that has long been out of print. Once it's discovered, we immediately seize upon it and make it our own.

Although the subject matter of a preacher's library is by in large Biblical in nature, we very often have books on a wide variety of subjects, e.g., science, philosophy, history, psychology, politics, biography, debates, Christian evidences and apologetics, et al. We even have books about books. Yes, even books about how to read a book, and how to write a book. The list is almost endless. Preachers simply relish being in the presence of books, surrounded by packed shelves towering over them. One of their greatest desires is more shelf space for more books. Of course the reason for all of these books is not simply to be entertained, [although reading is immensely enjoyable for most preachers], but rather so the preacher can be informed on a variety of subjects.

Even though the world is awash with books, there is one book that far outshines them all. It is of course, the Bible, the inspired Word of God, (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible is God's revelation of Himself to us. This alone makes it the incomparable book. Inspiration makes the Book of books, infallible, completely trustworthy, and all sufficient. Even though it is the oldest book in the world, it is relevant as today's headline news. It's relevancy makes it helpful and applicable to us today, and for all future generations. "Helpful," is an understatement. Peter wrote, "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2 Peter 1:3).

Despite man's insatiable appetite for books and knowledge, mankind actually needs no other book but, the Book! The Bible, and the Bible alone, is truly all we need to enrich this life, and insure the life which is to come. Jesus says, "...the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63b).

"Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me" (Psalm 40:7).