7514 - The Purpose of the Bible

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In a recent program we found that man was created for fellowship with God. We then observed that prayer was afforded as the vehicle of communications between God and mankind. Would it not be plausible that God would give an instruction book to his creature, mankind? Today, let’s examine, “What Is The Purpose Of The Bible?”

The major source of information available to man in his quest for understanding of the God who has proposed a meaningful and full life for him, is a collection of sixty-six books bound in one cover, commonly called the Bible. Although people can see the power and wisdom of God in nature, they must trust the Bible for complete truth. Although God has placed within a person's inner being an innate, elementary knowledge of Himself and a hunger for a full relationship, he must seek the full revelation of a holy, omniscient, and omnipotent God within the pages of the book He has given as His unveiling. In order for man to come to understand the marvelous plan God has in mind for the fulfillment of those who are the crowning act of creation, he must seek out facts, attitudes and relationships which God has purposed.

The Bible is the story of God's creation of man in a state of innocence and of his early life within a perfect environment. Revealed to us in the Bible is the one test of man's willingness to remain obedient to God, and how, as an act of the will, he rebelled against God's authority. We learn that this rebellion separated holy God from sinful man leaving a chasm between the two.

Man brought upon himself the ruin caused by willful sin. We find in the Bible that it was God who formed the plan whereby this chasm could be bridged and the alienation reconciled--it was God who initiated the plan for the forgiveness and defeat of sin, through the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ. Without the Bible God's mercy and grace would remain a mystery to us. The Bible uniquely unfolds these important doctrines to man. (Rom. 1:19; 2:14-15; Ps. 19)

The power of the Bible to change the lives of those who read it and believe it, is indication that it has a divine place in the scheme of God.
The Bible claims to be the God’s word. Fulfilled prophecy is a strong evidence that the Bible is indeed God's written record.

Jesus Christ made it clear that He accepted the authenticity of ancient Scriptures as He frequently quoted from them, even giving credit to their human writers.

The people, who lived at the time Scriptures were written and circulated, considered them to be from God.

The fact that the Bible has endured through centuries of effort to blot it out, testifies to God's watch care over His book to preserve it for succeeding generations.

The continual unfolding of archeological findings, which verify the Bible record, is another strong argument for acceptance of the entire chronicle.
God has given His final and complete revelation of Himself and His purposes in the Bible. If we believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then Friend, we must believe that the Bible alone is the Word of God. No new revelation is being given. (Heb. 1:1-2; Jude 3)

The great benefit of the Bible is that it speaks to human need. However the Bible tells us that only Believers can read with understanding it. The Holy Spirit must perform His ministry of enlightening and teaching for it to make sense. To Christians, a settled belief in God's Word will be a source of stability in an uncertain world; it will be a shield against the pressures of life; it will give a reason for the hope that is within us; and it will give us courage to hold forth the Word of life to others.

No Christian believer can live the Christian life to the full without an adequate grasp of the Bible and regular, consistent study of its pages. It supplies spiritual food to the spirit of man, just as physical food supplies the need of the body.

Christians are instructed to read, study, and memorize these precious words of God; and are given many promises, which benefit those who are obedient to His instructions.