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Prayer: "Dear Lord, as I begin this study on these great Bible truths in the Bible, help me to realize that I am studying God's message to me and if I receive His message to me, I can become a child of God, and a strong Christian, in Jesus name. Amen."
Read the Memory Verse 5 times.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
The Holy Scriptures were written, as GOD moved upon certain chosen men (approx. 40), over a period of some 1,600 years of time patriarchs, like Moses; Prophets, like Isaiah and Jonah; others, lowly fishermen like Peter and John. Some were educated scholars like Dr. Luke and the Apostle Paul. The various places and the different ages that God inspired these men to write, proves that it was impossible for them to have ever known each other, or to have conferred together, concerning the contents of the Bible; yet, the Bible being 66 separate books, makes one complete BOOK. There is one main theme running through the entire whole: That theme from Genesis to Revelation, is GOD'S LOVE and CHRIST'S death to redeem a sinful people. Therefore, we can boldly say that the Bible is "GOD-BREATHED."
The Bible is made up of 66 books, in two parts; the Old Testament and the New Testament. THE OLD TESTAMENT was written in "Hebrew" (the Jewish tongue). It contains 39 books. These Books were written before Christ's Incarnation (coming to earth). THE NEW TESTAMENT was written in Greek; it contains 27 books. These books were written after the Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ.
"The new is in the old contained the old is by the new explained."
There are many "proofs" that the Bible is no ordinary book.
ONE is that the Bible is always new to the reader. My husband and I read through the Bible each year, and every time there are new truths learned and new blessings received. Try reading any other book more than two or three times and it becomes boring and of no real help. Why? Because you already have exhausted its contents. Not so with the Bible. One can study it for a lifetime and only touch the edge of the depths of its truths.
Christ is called "the Word". John 1:1: "In the beginning was the word (Christ) and the word was with God and the word was God."
The Bible then is Christ in written form. When Jesus Christ came to earth and took on human flesh, He was the "word" in human flesh. He always is the "living word".
The Bible is the "tool" that the Holy Spirit uses to convict men of sin and draw them to CHRIST. Hebrews 4:12: "For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow. And is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
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