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What is the Bible?

Updated: May 29

The Bible is an incredible book, marveling many for centuries and serving as a spiritual source of wisdom and direction for billions of Christians around the globe. The Bible is composed of sixty-six different books with 40 different authors from various backgrounds and occupations. Despite the diversity of authors composing the book over a span of 1,500 years, the Bible has maintained a united story and theme, making this book unique to any other written work. 

So how did a book that was written by 40 different authors over a span of 1500 years maintain its' unity? This is all thanks to the author, God himself. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16) The Bible also known as the Word of God, is a living, breathing book, not written by man's thoughts and desires, but by God himself working through men. 

So what is the Bible about? Some readers understand it with ease, while others can’t seem to grasp the content and are left confused.  The key to understanding the Scriptures is to know what or more accurately who the Bible is about. The main character is of course Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Savior of the world. From front to back, the Bible points to Christ in every story and chapter. From the prophecies of the Old Testament, to the Gospels, to Revelation, the Bible is clearly all about Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross.

In fact, the Bible is the greatest love story ever told, where God himself comes down into His own creation, dies a brutal death on the cross, and makes a way for lost sinners to be reconciled back to Him. The Bible is also the greatest guide and instruction manual for life and godliness. Wondering what God expects of you as His follower? Look at the Scriptures! You will find an overflowing abundance of wisdom, instruction, and commands for you to learn, glean, and practice in your daily life. 

The Bible is and will always be the greatest book of all time. God himself inspired men to write down His Holy Word, to fully understand His love, salvation, and commands. Every Christian has the responsibility to steward the Word of God properly, to read and apply it, seek deeper understanding, and to enjoy this amazing gift that God has given us.

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