The Bible

W. Terry Varner
May 3, 2015

I have been reading Modern Rationalism as Seen at Work in It’s Biographies (Series of 1913 English Lectures). Repeatedly in the biographies the Rationalist had the common threads of misery, depression, and the lack of satisfaction with life. Men have a great inner need for that which is fulfilling and satisfying. It is our contention that God, the Bible, and Jesus fills the void with eternal satisfaction. In this essay, consider the role of the Bible as filling the need and satisfying to the soul.

The Bible Is the Bread of Life. The temptations of Jesus contain many vibrant lessons. When Jesus replied to Satan’s demand to turn stones to bread and eat, He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). What does this Scripture say to man who has a void and who lacks inner peace for his soul? It is clearly stated in man’s life there is a more important aspect—man has a spiritual need that physical things do not and cannot satisfy. Jesus says His Word will satisfy the inner man quest in life.

We speak of our daily food as “the staff of life.” It is not called “the bread of life” for nothing. Neither is the Bible called “the bread of life” for nothing. Jesus said (1) “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35) and (2) “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). In other words, the words of Jesus are life-giving bread because they come from the Bread of Life Himself. My friend, obey and find satisfaction for your soul.

The Bible Is the Word of God. Hold your Bible in your hands and realize that you hold the very words our God has spoken to you. “The Bible is God preaching” (J. I. Packer). “God has spoken by men, to men, and for men” (Alexander Campbell). God has written to man the message that will fill and satisfy our inner void. The Bible is a living book, a document. Paul writes, “For the word is living and powerful” (Heb. 4:12).

Weekly Bible Reading Has an Affect on Man. For eight years The Center for Bible Engagement studied the spiritual lives of 100,000+ people from around the world concerning the affect weekly Bible reading had on people’s lives. One of their findings involved reading the Bible four or more days a week. The conclusion was that the Bible is the single-most predictor for spiritual growth. To me this ought to be a given. Some of their findings were:

Weekly reading of the Bible significantly reduces the odds of succumbing to the temptations of life—drinking, drugs, viewing pornography, anger, lying, gossip, et al.

Weekly reading of the Bible works on the inner man creating attitudes that reduce bitterness, destructive thinking, difficulty in forgiving others, discouragement, et al.

Weekly reading of the Bible energizes the faith of the Christian by promoting higher giving, attendance, memorization of Scripture, sharing one’s faith, et al.

Weekly reading of the Bible improves spiritual growth and reduces feels of spiritual stagnation, feeling that one is not pleasing God, et al.

God knew this from the beginning. Consider these three verses from Psalm 119. “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might sin against You” (119:11). “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (119:105). “The entrance of Your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (119:130). Friend, “Hear instruction and be wise” (Prov. 8:33).