What The Bible Is Like

W. Terry Varner
October 22, 2017

The Bible describes what it is like so that man can have an understanding of its importance in life. The various metaphors in the Bible to which it is compared is enlightening and at the same-time a comfort to those who affirm the Bible is God’s word to mankind. God always communicates to man in language in ways that man cannot misunderstand if he has an honest and good heart.

The Bible Is Like Most of the Simple Things Around Us. One of the simple things, we take for granted and yet very profound, is the Bible is likened to: (1) Light is normal, simple and yet profound. David states: “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” and “The entrance of Your words gives light” (Ps. 119:105, 130).

(2) Rain and Snow is given to us by God to refresh the ground and produce our vegetation and crops without which we would soon perish. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not the, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall My word be” (Isa. 55:10-11).

(3) Medicine which is for the sin-sick soul. Isaiah described the nation of Judah as, “the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores” (Isa. 1:5-6). No wonder Jesus, often described as the Word (John 1:1-3, 18) and is called the Great Physician (cf. Luke 5:30-32).

The Bible is Like Many Other Simple Things. Jeremiah asks: “Is not My word as fire . . . like a hammer?” (23-31, emp. added). The Bible is like a fire which warms the large stones that were to be broken in ancient times. The Bible is like the hammer used to break these stones after heated by the fire. So, the Bible is warms and breaks hard hearts, if one accepts it. The Bible is like a fire in that it warms the soul of man which has become cold and indifferent toward God (cf. Matt. 24:12-130.

The Bible is described as pearls (cf. Matt. 7:1-6) which should not be cast forth to people who have no more respect for the truth than a hog has for pearls (cf. Matt. 15:12-14).

The Bible is like a sword. Christians are soldiers of Jesus (cf. 2 Tim. 2:3-5) and part of the whole armor of God (cf. Eph. 6:10-17). We are to use the sword of the Spirit which is the Bible and fight sin, evil, error, and false teaching (cf. 2 Cor. 10:4-5). The Bible is a powerful weapon to destroy strongholds of evil (cf. Heb. 4:12-13).

The Bible is also described as a mirror (cf James 1:21-25). Mirrors are one of the simple but necessary things used in our daily life. We look into mirrors to comb our hair, brush our teeth, wash our face, etc. The Bible as a mirror enables us to see our faults and our needs as they are. Into this mirror, we look for a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 3:18). We are to have the mind of Christ (cf. Philip. 2:5ff.), but it requires of us to look into the Bible—a mirror that reflects Jesus to us. As we do so and if our hearts are honest and good, we are influenced to change our lives into His image and likeness from sin to holiness and godliness.

The Bible is described as a seed (cf. Luke8:11; Matt. 13:19; Ps. 126:5-6). As a seed the Bible has within it the germ or power of life to produce Christians (cf. Rom. 1:16; James 1:21). After all, Christians is what God desires all men to be (cf. 2 Peter 3:9), but allows us to choose or reject Him. The Bible produces faith (cf. Rom. 10:17), makes us members of the church (cf. Acts 2:36-47; Matt. 16:18).