The Bible Shows What and Why

The Bible Shows What and Why: There’s a lot of information in the Bible, stories about people, places and events. This amazing story unfolds throughout 66 books, written by 40 some authors over a 1400 year period.

Somehow, amazingly, it all holds together. There’s a lot to take in. There’s some history, a little science, and great deal of wisdom. Information is useful, but it isn’t everything. The Bible tells us what happened.

However, it’s not like reading a textbook. Textbooks are written to disseminate information on which you will be tested. The Bible is a living document, as relevant today as it was when it was written. It’s about life.

Jesus rose from the dead!

While I appreciate all of the stories, that’s not the reason why I am a follower of Jesus. I am a believer because Jesus rose from the dead. All of what happened is meaningless without what happened on the third day.

There are lots of ways to look at what you are reading in the Bible. There is, of course, the literal meaning of the words, but there’s more to consider. There’s the intent of the author to illustrate an important point, so you ask yourself “what does this mean?” Then there’s the allegory, the story behind the story, where we get the full meaning of the passage.

The Bible Shows What and Why

The Bible is a living document. It speaks to our immediate and individual needs. It searches our inner being and roots out what is false. The author of Hebrews talks of a double-edged sword.

For 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.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13)

The Bible gives us HOPE!

The double-edged sword cuts and penetrates easier than a single-edge sword. Nothing can be hidden from God. He sees us. He speaks to us through His word. Our troubles of today were known to God long before He put the earth on its axis.

The sword of God exposes our actions, judges our thoughts and feelings, and activates our conscience. At the same time, the Word of God is soothing and encouraging. It gives is hope.

Moreover, the Bible is alive because Christ is alive. He has always been there and always will be there.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Through God all things are made

Through Him all things were made and, of course, that includes scripture. It was meant to be active and impact. It’s power resonates from the risen Messiah.

Jesus promises us eternal life. His word is also eternal. That is why the Bible is so powerful. What other book as been copied so often? What other book sells the most copies year after year? Nothing comes close.

When you pick up the Bible and begin to read, first take a moment to clear your head and ask God to show you what He has in mind for you. You’ll be surprised what happens if you stay with it.