The Bible

W. Terry Varner
July 10, 2016

The word Bible is from biblos and means book. The word Bible never found in our English translations. However, the first time the word biblos is used in the New Testament is in Matthew 1:1, “The book [biblos] of the generations of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” The word is also found in other texts. In Hebrews 10:7, Paul writes: “Then I said, ‘Behold I come ... in the volume of the book [biblos] it is written of Me . . . to dot Your will, O God.” The Bible is not a book to store family pictures, locks of hair, press flowers, save newspaper clippings etc., but rather it is a book we must read, study, meditate, and obey. Consider the following acrostic lesson.

Buy A Bible. The American Bible Society states that each American household owns on average 10 copies of the Bible. How many do you own? Many books should be burned as the people of Ephesus burned their books after hearing the gospel (cf. Acts 19:19). We all need room for at least one copy of the Bible for it tells us how to be saved, to live the Christian life, to worship, and to prepare for eternity. When you buy a Bible buy one with good print, concordance, maps, helps, and cover.

Investigate the Bible. Our investigation of the Bible removes our ignorance of God and what He expects of man. The knowledge we obtain is powerful and beneficial. David reminds us: “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11). Paul told Timothy to “give attention to reading” (1 Tim. 4:13) and remind us to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). We must read and understand the Bible if we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

Believe the Bible. Paul commended the Christians in Thessalonica for believing the word of God. In his prayer, He thanked God because those in Thessalonica “received the word of God . . . not as the word of men, but as it is in truth the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13). For man to be saved and anticipate enjoying eternity with God, he must believe the Bible to be the word of God, northing more and nothing less. Paul told the men who were shipwrecked with him: “Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me” (Acts 27:25). People often ask what is the basis for the accuracy of the Bible? The answer is simple: Inspiration. All Scripture is inspired (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16) and means that it has been breathed out by God and given to men for men to live pleasing and acceptable to Him.

Love the Bible. While you may believe this is a given, it is not. Many people do not like the concept of the Bible being God’s word given to man to obey. They do not desire to be subject to another, especially to God. Many look upon the Bible with hatred. But reason with me for a moment. If the Bible is the word of God, and it is, one cannot hate God’s word and at the same time love God. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). We dare not be ashamed of the Bible. Jesus warns us that if we are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of us at the judgment (cf. Mark 8:38).

Exemplify the Bible. What and how do we exemplify the Bible? We show we believe the Bible as God’s authoritative word for our lives in a world which for the most part disses it; that is, shows disrespect, belittles, criticizes, pooh poohs, etc. We are to “be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (2 Tim. 4:12). Let each of us so live that we show or demonstrate our love for the Bible as we live daily. We can do this with studying daily and doing our best to apply God’s word to our lives in whatever we do in our life.