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Lesson One

The BIBLE — The Word of GOD

It is so important for we Christians to start right in our understanding of Who GOD is; therefore, we must begin by establishing the trustworthiness of the BIBLE, since that is how we learn about GOD. It is the purpose of this lesson to establish your faith in the BIBLE, for it is, in fact, the WORD of GOD.

Keep in mind that the BIBLE is not a book of philosophy, although it is philosophical. Do not go to the BIBLE for a scientific treatise. However, there is no discrepancy between ascertained facts of science and the BIBLE. The BIBLE is not a book of history, but is found to be accurate when recording history. The BIBLE was given to man from GOD revealing JESUS CHRIST as the SON of GOD, and GOD the SON, the only Savior (John 14:6). HE is the center and the circumference. It is CHRIST from Genesis to Revelation (John 5:39).

The BIBLE is as high above all other books as the heavens are above the earth. Grandma Graham said of the BIBLE, "Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be right!"

I

THE BIBLE CLAIMS TO BE THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD

2 Timothy 3:16,17

"All Scripture is inspired by GOD and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of GOD may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

"All Scripture is inspired by GOD…." simply means that the HOLY SPIRIT exerted HIS supernatural influence upon the writers of the BIBLE. Therefore, the Scriptures are inspired word for word. By this we mean that every word, in the original, is fully and equally inspired in all of its teachings. The BIBLE does not just contain the WORD OF GOD; it is the WORD OF GOD.

The writers of the BIBLE did not write by natural inspiration, or by an act of the human will. "Men moved by the HOLY SPIRIT spoke from GOD." (2 Peter 1:21). David said, "The SPIRIT of the LORD spoke by me, and HIS word was on my tongue" (2 Samuel 23:2).

  1. The HOLY SPIRIT is the Author of the BIBLE. (2 Peter 1:21)
  2. Man is the instrument used by the HOLY SPIRIT to write the BIBLE.
  3. Results: The infallible WORD of GOD. Therefore, the BIBLE is free from error and absolutely trustworthy (Psalms 119:89 OT also Matthew 24:35).

II

THE BIBLE IS A DIFFICULT BOOK

1 Corinthians 2:14

"But the natural man does not accept the things of the SPIRIT of GOD; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised."

The BIBLE is a difficult book because it came from the infinite to the finite… from the unlimited, all-powerful GOD, to limited man. Therefore, you cannot understand the BIBLE as you would understand the writings of Plato or Socrates. You can study the great philosophers with the natural mind, and by diligent application, grasp their profound meanings. If natural man could understand the BIBLE, it would be a natural book and could not be the WORD of GOD. Since the BIBLE is from GOD, and therefore spiritual, before you can receive its teachings, you must be born of the SPIRIT (John 3:6) and filled with the SPIRIT (Ephesians 5:18). Always approach the BIBLE praying that the SPIRIT will be your Teacher and will guide you to a better understanding of HIS HOLY WORD, or it will remain a difficult book (John 16:12-15).

III

THE BIBLE IS A BOOK OF ONENESS

2 PETER 1:21

"For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the HOLY SPIRIT spoke from GOD."

The oneness, or unity, of the BIBLE is a miracle. It is a library of 66 books, written by over 35 different authors, in a period of approximately 1,500 years. Represented in the authors is a cross section of humanity; educated and uneducated; including kings, fishermen, public officials, farmers, teachers, and physicians. Included in the subjects are religion, history, law, science, poetry, drama, biography, and prophecy. Yet its various parts are as harmoniously united as the parts that make up the human body.

For 35 authors, with such varied backgrounds, to write on so many subjects over a period of approximately 1,500 years in absolute harmony, is a mathematical impossibility. It could not happen! Then how do we account for the BIBLE? The only adequate explanation is… "….. men moved by the HOLY SPIRIT spoke from GOD" (2 Peter 1:21).

IV

THE BIBLE CLAIMS SPECIAL POWER

Hebrews 4:12

"For the word of GOD is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

V

THE BIBLE COMMANDS THE BELIEVER TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES

2 TIMOTHY 2:15

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to GOD as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth."

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to GOD" is a command. As you study the BIBLE, you will discover that it does not just contain the WORD of GOD… it is the WORD of GOD. You must also keep in mind that the WORD of GOD contains the words of GOD, as well as the words of Satan, demons, angels, and man… both good and bad. GOD is truth and cannot lie. Satan… "…is a liar, and the father of lies" (John 8:44). Man is natural and is therefore limited, and does not always speak the truth. To illustrate (Matthew 22:15-46). In this portion of Scripture, we have the words of JESUS, of the Pharisees, of the Herodians, and of the Sadducees. The Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees were trying to entangle JESUS in HIS teachings so that they might accuse HIM of breaking GOD’s law. Their words were spoken with evil intent, revealing the thinking of the natural man, along with the words of GOD that came from the lips of JESUS.

As you study the BIBLE, ask yourself these questions:

"The BIBLE is the only book ever written that every time you read it the AUTHOR is present!"

Irma Graham Hazlett 1879-1961

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