Some Bible Facts:
- Bible - from the Greek word Biblia, meaning "books"
- The Bible is 66 books:
39 Old testament books written in Hebrew
27 New testament books written in Greek
- The Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years by over 40 authors living on 3 continents.
- The Bible is the most unique and powerful written document known to man and the best-selling book of all time, with as many as 6 billion copies sold!
- God went through great measures to document His written Word. His desire is to write His Word on your heart, that you would know it intimately and live by it.
1. God's written Word is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit not only inspired the written Scriptures of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16), but also God's Word that is written in other places. For example, in Exodus 31:18, God wrote the 10 commandments on stone. Also, 2 Peter 1:20 tells us, knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. Pastor Miles explained that the written Word is available to all of us. Pastors don't have any special access to God that you don't have on your own. (This is why the hallmark of a cult is that only the leader or leaders have access to God and that there is some secret that only they can obtain.)
2. God's written Word is completely reliable.
Wouldn't it be nice to have something that is completely reliable all the time? We'll we do have that in the Bible.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16
God cannot lie and the Bible is His manual for us, filled with truth in every sense. Have you ever seen a manual give bad directions? It wouldn't be around very long! Think of how many generations have used the Bible as their manual for living; this should be a testimony to its reliability.
3. God's written Word should be studied diligently.
Be diligent to present yourself approval to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Let's consider life in all its complexity. As we live life, we find ourselves facing all sorts of obstacles and challenges-some old, some new, and some old with a new twist. In order to prepare for these challenges, we should study the Bible on how to handle them. If your automobile were to break down and the manual you've studied pointed out signs of an engine problem, you would be much more equipped to handle it than the person who hasn't studied the manual on how to operate his car.
4. God's written word must be obeyed.
Time and time again, the leaders in the Bible where tested and challenged to obey God. Those who were faithful and obeyed, such as Abraham, Jacob, and Moses, were rewarded for their faith. Those that didn't obey always faced disaster.
Here Pastor Miles illustrated his point with another vehicle analogy:
Imagine you drive a diesel-fueled truck and its manual instructs to only use diesel fuel. However, after reading the manual, you decide that unleaded gas is cheaper and you prefer to fuel your truck with unleaded. Do you know what happens next? The truck's engine dies. In order to fix this, a mechanic has to take apart the engine and put it back together again, ensuring that all the unleaded gas is removed. Your plan to save $5 dollars in gas ends up costing you a hefty $500 mechanic bill.
As a good Father, God often uses discipline in order to protect His children, so being disobedient to Him has consequences. Sometimes these resulting problems can be righted, but aren't they better avoided? God has given us the Bible as an inspired document so that we can live our lives to the fullest without breaking down on the highway, waiting for a tow truck at 2 AM, and being overcharged for work that shouldn't have been necessary in the first place!