Many people are called ‘Christians,’ 1 ‘followers of the Way’ 2 or ‘saints.’ 3 They are all united by one book, the Bible, or the Holy Scriptures.
Some of those people might have had the same experience that I had when I was called by the Lord. I joined a local church and they told me to read the Bible, have faith and pray. Somehow no one seemed to realize that I knew absolutely nothing about the Bible. They assumed that I would understand what I read. It took me years of private study to build up my faith and get to know God through His Word.
That is why we want to follow Jude’s lead and say, ‘Dear friends, although we are very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, we felt we had to write and urge you to contend for the Holy Scriptures that was entrusted to the saints.’ 4
# Is the Bible just another book?
We are very used to books. Millions have been written in human history. It still happens, though the electronic media has changed it a bit. Yet, out of all the countless millions of books, one book stands apart. It is that special book, the Bible. Let’s look at some of its outstanding characteristics:
# It is a once off edition.
It will never be updated. It cannot be updated, because its 66 books/booklets were written over a period of about 1,400 years (from the first book, Genesis to the last book, Revelation). If you use the same method and time frame to update it, who knows if the world will still exist, seeing the rate of biological decay that is the result of God’s curse on creation.
# The Bible covers an immense time space.
It describes the origin of the universe, of life on earth, how humans came to be, et cetera. Then it describes how this present order will end. It explains that there will be a future new heaven and earth. This present natural heaven and earth is just a prototype of the coming one. The Bible urges us to prepare for the coming one.
# It is a book that has divided humanity into two groups.
- People are either for it, or against it. They either embrace it or ignore and hate it. There is no neutrality, no feigning of ignorance about the God it introduces.
- Many volumes of books are commentaries on it. Many other volumes denounce and persecute it.
- We know that there are numerous tribes and nations who still do not have Scripture, but even they are divided. Some have the laws of God written on their consciences, some not. 5
# One person described in the Bible has divided history into two slots.
- It is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Time was always indicated by, Before Christ (B.C.) and After Christ (A.D.). It has now been changed to Before Common Era, and Common Era. Why? Because the ruler of this age, the devil, does not like the name of his conqueror, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
- The Cross sharply divided the light of God and the darkness of the evil one. There are no any illusions about the Cross: either one’s sins are forgiven, or they are not. Either one pays the punishment for sin oneself, or one lets Jesus do it.
- The tragedy of the post cross era is that the devil has firmly established his anti-Jesus propaganda. That propaganda never stops to tell people how bad Jesus is. Despite it, the Kingdom of God grows. Jesus’ dominion will never end.
# The Bible reveals what science and clever thinking cannot discern.
- It reveals the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Who could imagine that there exists three Persons with one essence? Definitely not science!
- The Bible introduces the enemy of the Trinity who rules over the world. It is the devil and he forms his own trinity with the Beast and the False Prophet.
- He is hostile to the Bible, and everything connected to it. There are very few people, especially in the Western World, who are not aware of the war against the Bible.
- The Bible teaches about angels, God’s good, loyal ones and the devil’s rebellious, evil ones.
Scripture is one of a kind. Psalm 138:2 says, ‘…You have exalted above all things your Name and your Word.’ The Bible, the 66 books that is the Word of God, is incomparable, and a book no one can afford to neglect.
- Acts 11:26
- Acts 22:4
- Ephesians 1:1
- Jude 3
- Romans 1:20; 2:15