The Bible, Part 3

February 18th, 2009

To wrap up, for now, these passages about the Bible, this is what various New Testament writers say.

The Bible has a purpose. Each man who wrote down Gods inspired words did it to have a permanent record of the teachings of God. We can learn about him, but also that we have hope. We can learn how we ought to behave, and to treat others.

Each human who wrote wasn't out for his own gain. Often those prophets were hated and persecuted. Still, the word that has been written is meant not only for a select few individuals, but for whole nations of people to understand, and live by God's ways.

Keep these verses in mind. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give you insight to what they say about the Bible and its authority. Come back and read them again. Look over the verses from the past couple days. Don't read what I have written, but let God's own words speak in spite of any thing that I might have to say. That's why I included the actual verses, and not just gave the references to make you take my word for it, and maybe look them up later.

Romans 15:4

4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 16:25-26

25Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long
ages past, 26but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey
him—

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture
is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for
every good work.

Hebrews 1:1-2

1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Hebrews 4:12

12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges
the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

1 Peter 1:25

25but the word of the Lord stands forever."
 And this is the word that was preached to you.

2 Peter 1:19-21

19And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the
day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.
21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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