Good morning and here I am sitting in Birmingham train station having a little read of Scripture and then thinking “now is a good time to blog”!
In the fourth chapter of Hebrews, verse 12, it says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
It is the world’s best-seller. Yet this book, for the past 200 years, has been under increased attack. Many people, even within the church, have come to doubt whether the Bible is authoritative and trustworthy. When you talk about the Bible, someone will allege “Bibliolatry.” In other words, worshiping the Bible and not the Christ of the Bible. No, this is not Bibliolatry; the only knowledge we have of Jesus Christ is in the Bible.
Today there’s a growing movement to do away with the Bible. And if this movement succeeds, anarchy will rule. This generation must face the appalling fact that it’s either the Bible, or back to the jungles, because that’s exactly what will happen. Read the early part of Romans!
Now the Bible teaches that God loves. All over the world people hunger to know God. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, all the religions of the world, arise from man’s searching for God. But God has already revealed Himself, and it’s reasonable for me to suppose that God, an intelligent Being, would somehow reveal Himself to us as a human race. Even our most atheistic scientists are beginning to say that something is behind the universe. There is some sort of order behind the universe and there must be some sort of intelligence. They may not say it’s God, but I call Him and know Him as God.
A famous preacher once said: “Down through the years it’s been ridiculed, burned, refuted, destroyed, but it lives on. It is the anvil that has worn out many hammers. Most books are born, live a few short years, then go the way of all the earth; they’re forgotten. But not the Bible.”
Has God revealed Himself? Well yes of course…
He has revealed Himself in nature. I look through a telescope and I know there’s a God. I look through a microscope and I know there must be a God.
And He has revealed Himself in His Son Jesus Christ. But we get our knowledge of Christ out of the Bible. Josephus a contemporary with Christ writes about him being real but actually our total knowledge of Christ comes from the Bible.
The Bible was written by 40 writers, over a period of 1,600 years, in 66 books. And the great theme from one end of the Bible to the other is redemption—God’s love for the human race and God redeeming man and bringing man back to Himself after man had rebelled against God. That’s what the Bible is all about.
The prophetic messages of the Bible are coming true in our day. In 2 Timothy, written almost 2,000 years ago, it says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power…” (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Isn’t that happening? The Bible says in the latter period travel shall increase, knowledge will increase (Daniel 12:4). Look what has happened in the last 75 years in the world. The whole world has become a neighbourhood without being a brotherhood. That’s precisely what the Bible said 500 years before Christ.
And Jesus, 2,000 years ago, looking forward, said there would be a day like this. Oh, the Bible is true.
So as I sit here in Birmingham New Street station waiting for my train I am once again feeling excited!
Go on, take the Bible off the shelf, and have a read!