The Bible - The Good Book

W. Terry Varner
November 29, 2015

The Bible has been called many things—The Divine Library, The Book, The Book of books, etc. How many copies of the Bible do you own? How many other books do you own? Which is the most precious to you? Why? Many excellent books have been written over the centuries; however, there never has been such a book as the Bible. I have heard it stated, “The best of men could not have written the Bible, and the worst of men would not have written the Bible.” The Bible is the Book that must never be neglected. Consider some of the ideals of the good Bible.

The Bible is the Good Book Because of It’s Composition. The sixty books composing the Bible were written by about 40 different authors from seven different countries. The Bible spans no less than 16 centuries. We have to marvel at its consistency and its unity. It has no contradictions because the Bible is from God, who is the God of truth (cf. Ps. 31:5), who cannot and does not lie (cf. Num. 23:19).

The Bible is the Good Book Because of It’s Reliability. Things which are reliable, we like. Jesus relied upon the Bible in His temptations and defeat or Satan (cf. Matt. 4:10). The reliability of the Bible can be seen in the words of David, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your Word. . . . I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:9, 11).

The Bible Is the Good Book Because of It’s Integrity. Luke 3:1-2 historically documents the time that “God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness” (Luke 3:2). Luke lists six historical individuals setting the exact time of John’s ministry. (1) Tiberias was Caesar in AD 14-37. (2) Pilate gvoered Galilee. (3) Herod was tetrarch of Galilee. (4) Philip was tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitus. (5) Lysanias was Tetrarch of Abilene. (6) Annas and Caiaphas were high priests in Jerusalem. The probability of historical error increases when listing these reigns, but there is no error. Luke 3:1-2 shows the Bible’s integrity.

The Bible Is the Good Book Because of It’s Foreknowledge. How many authors do you know who were in eternity before they wrote their book(s)? The author of the Bible inhabited eternity before one word of the Bible was written. How many authors do you know who write books completely free of error? God is the author of the Bible by using the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, to guide the human authors. “For prophecy came not in old time by the will of men: but holy men of God spoke [and wrote] as they were moved [guided] by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19-20). Paul says clearly, “Which things also we speak [and write] not in words which men’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches” (1 Cor. 2:13).

The Bible Is the Good Book Because of It’s Indestructibility. Time and again, century after century, man after man have tried their best to destroy the Bible. Roman Emperors collected copies of the Bible and burned them. In 1776, Voltaire said, “One hundred years from my day, there will not be a Bible in the earth except one that is looked upon by some antique seeker.” One hundred years later (1777) Voltaire’s very presses were printing the Bible. Voltaire’s first work sold for eleven cents, but the British government paid the Czar of Russia half a million dollars for a copy of an ancient Bible manuscript made on Voltaire’s presses. Truly, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:35).