What is the Bible?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
If you are curious about what the Bible actually is, I hope to provide some answers for you today. As you know, MANY questions arise as soon as the word Bible even pops up. Though many questions are relevant and necessary to ask, such as where it came from, how it was composed, whether or not it will change, etc., I hope to focus primarily on what it is.
The way I see Americans treat the Bible is the reason why I believe this blog post is necessary. I’ve been in America my whole life. Until I started actually reading the Bible myself, I never realized I had no idea what it says or what it is. I’m still a student and have much to learn; however, the knowledge I’ve gained so far has not been what American Christianity has taught me.
There is much diversity between American Christianity and Biblical Christianity.
By this blog post, I hope that you can see the Bible in a truly refreshing way. Not only that, I hope to stir up conversation between us. I’ve been helped in numerous ways by the Bible. It has corrected me and guided me. It is not an outdated book of rules. It is pure, bright, true revelation. Because of this, I can’t help but share it.
As members of Christ, we are to love the Bible. We are to cherish it, obey it, live it. But how is this possible without actually reading it? It is time to stop playing American Christianity, and start living Biblical Christianity. And it all starts with how one views the Bible.
The Bible is the Word of God. What it says is what God would say if he were in the room.
It’s our objective source for truth. If you hear any teacher deny this, you need to get up and leave—they are false. Though men were used as God’s agents to actually write, it is all inspired by the living God. Lose this foundational truth, and you lose power in your ministry.
Biblical text is authoritative. It is sufficient. Christians who want to produce fruit that remains, in the power of the Holy Spirit, must affirm their belief and commitment to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. We must submit to its revelation, because it is God’s revelation.
We need to always read the Bible more than we read about the Bible.
Since we American’s live in a microwave-culture—quick to get what we want, when we want it—we turn to other books that talk about the Bible without actually reading the Bible. Many authors have their own perception of what it says, how it’s tone is tuned, or what we think it doesn’t say. After all, the Bible is a rather large volume! Much reading is available. I encourage you not to take a shortcut. Don’t read someone’s commentary without reading it for yourself.
It’s okay to seek help and direction, but it’s also the only book you need. If the only book you possess is God’s book, you have enough. The Holy Spirit of God will guide you, giving you understanding, as you study the Bible and ask for understanding (cf. James 1:5; 2 Tim. 2:7).
What is the Bible? It is God’s plain words for you to read anytime, anywhere. It is access, in a way, to God. Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life,” (John 5:39-40). By it, we learn how to pray, how to obey, how to believe, how to live. It is revelation. Let the Word of God—the Holy Scriptures—be your source. It has many answers you seek.
Before we strive for more revelation to obtain outside the Bible, I’d like to ask, is the Bible not enough? Is it too short for you? Does it not provide enough evidence? Enough instruction? Does it fall short for you? As I study the marvelous treasure, called the Bible, I have more than enough to chew on for the rest of my days.