The Bible Is Our Guide

W. Terry Varner
January 5, 2014

The Bible is many things to many people. Different individuals have different ideas and interpretations as to that the Bible is and what its relation should to them. Some consider the Bible as God’s Word, the way of life, and the pathway to heaven from earth. They are like the psalmist who wrote: “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my way” (Ps. 119:105).

To those who believe the Bible is God’s Word, there are some things which are obvious. They believe that God is supreme Sovereign of the universe (Gen. 1:1). They believe that the Bible originated with God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and not from men. They believe that the Bible gives them life (John 6:63) and promises them an eternal inheritance in heaven (Acts 20:32). They believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the central theme from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22. Consider:

The Bible is an Everlasting Book. Who does not enjoy things which last? The Bible has an enduring quality which demonstrates that it is of divine origin and therefore possess divine authority over man. The Scriptures themselves claim that they are eternal. “The word of our God will stand forever” (Isa. 40:8). “The word of the Lord abides forever” (1 Peter 1:25). “Forever, O Lord, Your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89).

Jesus said, “Till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished” (Matt. 5:18). When we combine the Old Testament and the New Testament with His words, we learn and can see the permanence of the Bible. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matt. 24;35; cf. John 10:34-35). Consider the following poem about the Bible by John Clifford (1836-1923).

Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
When looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers worn with beating years of time.

“How many anvils have you had,” said I,
“To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
“Just one,” said he; then said with a twinkling eye,
“The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”

And so, I thought, the anvil of God’s word
For ages skeptics’ blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The anvil is unharmed—the hammers gone!

The Purpose of Writing the Bible. Have you ever considered why the Bible when believed and practiced has changed and formed civilization more than any other book that has ever existed? Why is the Bible constantly the best seller among books? The answer lies in why it was written. Some of the reasons why it was written are:

  • To reveal God to man.
  • To reveal Jesus as the Son of God and Savior.
  • To show man’s origin, nature, purpose, and destiny.
  • To show the reality of sin and its consequences.
  • To show how those in sin may be free from the bondage of sin.
  • To reveal the Gospel as man’s way out of sin and on the road to heaven.
  • To show a better way of life.
  • To show the eternal destiny of all men, as all men will spend eternity somewhere.