Websterís New World Dictionary defines
the Bible as: "the sacred book of Christianity, Old
Testament and New Testament; the Holy Scriptures of
Judaism, Old Testament; any book regarded as
authoritative or official."
Write down three words that describe
the Bible for you:
The Bible Teaches
The Bible tells us about itself.
- NAB 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also
constantly thank God that when you received the word
of God which you heard from us, you accepted it
not as the word of men, but for
what it really is, the word of God, which also
performs its work in you who believe.
- NAB Mark 7:10 "For Moses said, 'HONOR YOUR
FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER'; and, 'HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF
FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH'; 11 but you
say, 'If a man says to his father or his
mother, whatever I have that would help you is
Corban (that is to say, given to God),' 12
you no longer permit him to do anything for his
father or his mother; 13 thus
invalidating the word of God by your tradition which
you have handed down; and you do many things such as
The Bible is Godís Word to us.
Some people believe that the Bible contains Godís
Word, but also contains the opinions of human beings,
and therefore could have mistakes. The Bible talks about
this as well.
- NAB 2 Peter 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made
by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy
Spirit spoke from God.
- NAB 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by
God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
correction, for training in righteousness;
- NAB 1 Corinthians 2:13 which things we also
speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in
those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual
thoughts with spiritual words.
While the Bible was written by people, it was done so
at the prompting of God. God the Holy Spirit spoke
through these men. The Bible is not a produce of human
reason, reflection, or imagination, but is the result of
Verbal inspiration means that God breathed into His
special spokesmen when, what, and how His Word was to be
written for all to read.
The Bible is different from any other book. It is the
only book that has God Himself as its author. But it is
different in other ways as well.
- It contains no mistakes. Everything it says is
NAB John 17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word
- God uses the Bible as an instrument to create
NAB Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing,
and hearing by the word of Christ.
- Godís Word has the power to save those who
believe what it says.
NAB Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who
believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
- Godís Word accomplishes the purpose for which He
NAB Isaiah 55:10 "For as the rain and the snow come
down from heaven, And do not return there without
watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And
furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It
will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what
I desire, And without succeeding in the matter
for which I sent it.
We also observe about the Bible:
- It has unity. Written over a period of 1,600
years, it contains the same ideas and message. It
does not contradict itself.
- It contains prophesies or promises and
fulfillment. God promises the human race blessings
through His Son, and then delivered those blessings.
- It is effective: it is able to save human beings
and bring us to faith.
The Bible tells us that from its beginning to its end
it is Godís Word. The first part of the Bible is called
the Old Testament. The second part is called the New
Testament. All of Scripture, whether it is in the Old or
the New supports the one mission of God, to point us to
- NAB 2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you
have known the sacred writings which are able to
give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through
faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- NAB John 5:39 "You search the Scriptures because
you think that in them you have eternal life; it is
these that testify about Me;
Scripture points to Christ. The Old Testament points
forward to the coming of Christ. The New Testament
points backward to the fulfillment of the promise of a
God gives His Word for a purpose. God desires that
all people be saved. So He has given His Word that we
may have faith in Jesus Christ and so that we may
continue to grow in that grace throughout our lives.
- NAB John 20:31 but these have been written so
that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God; and that believing you may have life in
- NAB 1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for
this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example for you to follow in His
The Bible also tells us how we should use it.
- We should diligently search and listen to it.
- NAB John 5:39 "You search the Scriptures
because you think that in them you have eternal
life; it is these that testify about Me;
- NAB John 5:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you,
he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent
Me, has eternal life, and does not come into
judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
- We should follow it and teach it.
- NAB John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to
him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;
and My Father will love him, and We will come to
him and make Our abode with him.
- NAB Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into
all the world and preach the gospel to all
- We should seek to understand the Scriptures on
their own ground.
- We should remember the Scriptures will show us
the truth about ourselves as sinful human beings
having a need for salvation.
- NAB Deuteronomy 27:26 'Cursed is he who does
not confirm the words of this law by doing
them.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
- We should remember that Scripture tells us about
God as He truly is, our Savior.
- NAB 1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was
manifested in us, that God has sent His only
begotten Son into the world so that we might
live through Him.
- As we seek to understand, we should remember
that each passage of Scripture has one meaning which
depends on what God meant and not on what we think
it should mean. We should remember that God will not
contradict Himself in His Word. So we can and should
use Scripture to help us interpret Scripture.
- NAB 2 Peter 1:20 But know this first of all,
that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter
of one's own interpretation,
- As we seek to understand, we should remember the
Holy Spirit is with us to help us have the right
- NAB John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of
truth, comes, He will guide you into all the
truth; for He will not speak on His own
initiative, but whatever He hears, He will
speak; and He will disclose to you what is to
- We should believe the Scriptures. As we hear,
the Holy Spirit will work in us to create faith to
believe the promises that God gives to us through
- NAB Romans 10:17 So faith comes from
hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
God uses two kinds of words to bring us to faith and
salvation. He speaks words of Law and words of Gospel.
The Law: Shows us our sins. It tell us we deserve
The Gospel: Shows us our Savior. It tells us that
Christ died in our place so our sins can be forgiven.
- NAB Deuteronomy 27:26 'Cursed is he who does not
confirm the words of this law by doing them.' And
all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
- NAB Romans 3:20 because by the works of the Law
no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through
the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
- NAB Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the
gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to
everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to
Rev. David D. Reedy, 1999