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If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17
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Words have an impact on us beyond our expectations. There are words that build up and there are words that destroy; there are words of truth and there are lies; there are words that harm and words that heal. The Bible is God’s word, it is powerful and affects us in ways that we would not imagine. It it not surprising that it is both the world’s most printed book each year, and the most banned book.
God uses the Bible in our lives in many ways. The Bible is about God and each of the subjects below is an entry way to a new angle both on the Bible and God who is its source.
The process of meditation or reflection on Bible passages does more than merely give deeper insight. Have a look at the outworking of meditating on the Bible from Psalm 1.
Psalm 1:1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Meditation on the Bible is what we do as we get into the Bible. Listen to it, read, study and memorise it. Take the extra time to think about what has been said. Reflect on it and compare it to your life. Ask God how He thinks you are doing and what you should do about what is written.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. Being God’s Word it is not just a collection of Words, these words are words of life, and when we take them seriously then God is able to use them to feed us with His life.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
God’s words speak to our heart, from His heart. They are words that tell us He loves us, words that affirm our place with Him. Since they show us His heart, they encourage us to share our hearts with Him, and indeed one another.
Psalm 45:1 Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
The Bible is spiritual food. As someone spends time reflecting or meditating on its words God builds them up. This effect is seen through the fruit of encounters by people with God’s Word. As someone commented, “Whenever I had problems I became weaker, but when this friend of mine who spent time with God in His Word had problems, he became stronger.”
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
The Bible is Truth. It is the truth about life. When we live our lives by it we discover that it makes sense of life, and also that it reorders us so our lives make sense.
John 8:29-33 29 And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him."30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Faith is seen when we live what we believe and take God at His word. This is counter cultural. Time and again I have met people who put forward a belief system, and casually remark, ‘Of course, this has no bearing on the way I live.’ Jesus challenges this attitude. He explains consequences of living or not living what He says.
Luke 6:47 I will show you what it's like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.49 But anyone who hears and doesn't obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins."
The Bible is a living book, it effects those who read it. We live in a materialistic world that has difficulty accepting this life, but when we experience it, there can be no doubting. This impact of the Bible on life is not some magical attribute, or amoral power to be used as we desire. The Bible is the Word of God; as we live in unity with Jesus, then His Word begins to affect us.
Acts 20:32 "And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.”
Reading the Bible from cover to cover gives you a breadth of knowledge in which to evaluate new ideas and teachings.
Revelation 1:3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.
It is good to gain depth. With a deep understanding of the Bible we have a closer more accurate picture of what God actually said, not mere first impressions. In going deep, God’s Spirit has the opportunity to work His Word into our lives. It is this transformation, as against knowledge that we seek.
Colossians 3:16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
In exploring a new country the tourist routes give an overview and a superficial understanding of the cultural issues. Going by myself to meet real people, and battling with poor understanding of language and culture gives a whole new understanding. In coming to the Bible there is a similar difference. The guided tours presented through teachers are helpful, but nothing compared to the depths gained by searching for ourselves. The difference is invaluable. We can understand our God and how to walk with Him, and the life He leads us into.
Mark 4: 24-25 24 Then he added, "Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given*—and you will receive even more.25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them."
What does Jesus say? There are many who question the authority of the Bible, and many arguments one way or another, but the crux of the issue comes down to Jesus. Jesus the Son of God speaks with authority. He affirmed the Scriptures that had been written up to His time and authorised the Scriptures that were to follow. We can trust the Bible.is God’s word.
Matthew 5:17-19 17 "Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God's laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
To begin reading the Bible one does not need to believe that it is God’s inspired word. It is enough to know that the people who were writing were close enough to the events that happened to be trusted to write an accurate account.
John 19:35 (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe.*)
John 21: 24 This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.
The huge wealth of Bible manuscripts from ancient times makes the Bible the best preserved ancient document by a factor of thousands. Literally nothing comes close. No serious historian would doubt the text we have today! It is so close to the original there is no room for discussion about meaningful changes over the centuries.
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Try comparing these passages - John 3 (A narrative passage.), Romans 3 (A teaching passage.), Psalm 45 (A poetic passage pointing to Jesus). The Biblegateway web site will also sell you a Bible.
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