The Bible is the written form of Godís word to us. It is the key to finding out who God is and what He says. It is a communication channel from God to man. God's first communication with man was with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
After that God gave His Word to Israel in written form:
It is called the Pentateuch. Moses recorded and gave the Israelites the first five books of the Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy
'What advantage then hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.'
The word 'oracle' means 'Divine Words.'
These Divine Words are perfect, sure and wise.
'The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.'
The Bible, Godís inspired Word gives man understanding:
'The inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.'
It was Holy Men who received and gave the inspired Word from God.
2 Peter 1:21
'But holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.'
God spoke through His anointed Servants. One by one the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty- seven books of the New Testament were written. Together they total sixty-six books. This written form of the Bible is known as the Holy Scriptures. Jesus said that scripture cannot be broken.
'Unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;'
Every scripture in the Bible is important and cannot be discarded, because all scripture, is given by God.
2 Timothy 3:16
'All scripture is given by inspiration of God.'
The original writings of the Bible were written on papyrus or animal skins and do not exist today. However there are three ancient copies that do exist today.
The three most ancient copies are:
The Codex Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus are in the British Museum and the Codex Vaticanus is in the Vatican in Rome.
- Codex Sinaiticus
- Codex Alexandrinus
- Codex Vaticanus
In many different ways, the authenticity of the Bible has been verified. Copies of parts of the original manuscripts have been found in different places and they agree perfectly.These writers had absolutely no contact with each other. Thousands of writings and personal letters between people have been discovered. They make reference to scriptures and when pieced together, form the whole Bible that is identical to the three Ancient Copies.
The King James Bible
In 1611, King James the First appointed forty-seven scholars to translate the Ancient Copies of the Bible into English. This resulted in the King James Bible version. There are various other modern translations of the Bible today. The King James Bible stands out as the most accepted true version. For bible study or doctrines many believe that it is the best version to use other than the original Greek and Hebrew texts. As you hold a Bible in your hand you hold Godís inspired Word.
It is God speaking to you!
I trust that you appreciate and value this magnificent Book. I challenge you to read and enjoy the Bible. If you don't have one, get a copy today. Treat every page with due respect and reverence. Never allow it to become a dust collector on a forgotten bookshelf.
There are two aspects of Godís Word:
First - Gods Word is Logos.
- The Word of God is Logos.
- The Word of God is Rhema.
'And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.'
Here the word "Word" is the Greek word "Logos" and means the given, written Word of God. This Word was made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ the Son of God. He was the very alphabet of the Bible.
Jesus said this of Himself:
'I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:'
The alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Jesus is therefore every letter of every word of the Bible and it comes to life in the person of Jesus.
When we read the Bible it becomes an active force within us:
1 Thessalonians 3:13
'The word of God, which effectually worketh also in you.'
It is the basis of three wonderful blessings:
Second - Gods Word is Rhema.
- Godís Word causes our spiritual birth.
1 Peter 1:23
'Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.'
- Godís Word brings truth to us.
'Thy word is truth.'
- Godís Word is our Light.
'Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.'
'And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:'
The Greek word here for Word is 'Rhema'. It means 'the spoken Word of God.'
'And out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword:'
The Spoken Word that went out of Jesus mouth was a two-edged sword and was Rhema.
How Logos becomes Rhema.
The Logos within our hearts when spoken out of our mouths becomes Rhema.
'For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.'
This Rhema Word of God:
The powerful Word of God affects us in ten different ways:
- Is a Powerful Force.
'So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.'
- It will never pass away.
'Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.'
- It is forever settled in Heaven.
'Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.'
Gods spoken Word is everlasting and unchangeable.
Here are four helpful suggestions:
- It is truth to us.
When it reaches our hearts, it dispels all ignorance and confusion.
'The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.'
- It causes us to have faith in God.
'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.'
As we read Gods Word, faith is stimulated within us. It rises up causing us to trust and depend upon God as our source for everything. The Logos in us then becomes Rhema and we speak it out in faith saying:
God is my salvation.
God is my healer.
God is my provider.
God is my victory.
- It causes us to experience life and health.
'My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.'
'He sent his word, and healed them.'
- It is spiritual food and nourishment to us.
1 Peter 2:2
'As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby:'
'But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.'
We are therefore nourished spiritually:
- By the pure milk of the Word.
- By the satisfying bread of the Word.
- Godís Word is hidden in our hearts.
'Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.'
We hear or read Gods Word and it is processed deep within our Soul and Spirit. The presence of the Word within us counteracts all sin coming against us. This Word within us is the Sword of the Spirit that we use in spiritual battle, against the devil and the kingdom of darkness.
1 John 2:14
'The word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.'
- Godís Word keeps us from the destroyer.
'By the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.'
- The Word of God is our mirror.
'For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:'
As we read the Bible we see ourselves as we are and who God wants us to be. It is like looking in a mirror. We discover what needs to be changed, we experience that change and continue in that blessing.
- Gods Word cleanses and refreshes us.
'That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word.'
'Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.'
As we read or hear the scriptures of the Bible, they are assimilated into our mind, and they pass through the chambers of our observation, reason, imagination, memory, emotion, will and spirit. They have a cleansing and refreshing effect upon our entire inner being.
- The Word contains all of Godís promises.
2 Peter 1:4
'Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.'
These are promises of:
Through Godís Word we partake of these promises.
- Godís Word contains all the Doctrines we need.
2 Timothy 3:16
'All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine.'
It is through the Bible that we receive instruction in all the teachings of God.
By these teachings we know what God requires us to do.
God tells us what He has done for us and what He will do for us. These teachings cover every aspect of every subject we need to know while we are here on earth.
Nothing may be added to the Word of God.
'For I testify ... If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.'
The Word of God has special significance for the end-time Martyrs.
They will overcome the dragon and the antichrist by the Word of God.
It is therefore now timely and most important to read and study the Bible.
'And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.'
- Read the Bible.
If you can't read, have someone read it to you, or get the Bible in audio form and listen to it. Try to enjoy one chapter a day. Start at the beginning of the New Testament with the book of Matthew.
- Meditate the scriptures you read.
David loved thinking about Godís Word day and night.
'But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.'
To meditate means to think about something over and over again. When you read the Bible early in the morning, you can meditate and think about the scriptures you have read, throughout the day. While you lay on your bed at night you can meditate the Scriptures you have read.
Memorize the scriptures.
'Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.'
By memorizing the Scriptures of the Bible, we hide them in our heart. At any given moment you will be able recall to memory a scripture and apply it to any situation or need you may find yourself in. Try to memorize all the promises of God.
- Study the Word of God.
2 Timothy 2:15
'Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.'
I encourage you to use every possible method or technology to study the Bible and its Doctrines. Appreciate the fact that the Most High God has communicated with you through His Word, revealing the truth you need to know!