ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
Next Weeks Best Seller, Part 2
The Bible is like the widow's curse of oil and barrel of flour-no matter how much Elijah and her family ate out of it, there was always more (I Kgs. 17; cf. Psa. 119:11). Scripture is an inexhaustible mine, a fountain that never runs dry.
It is a book for every situation. Thomas Jefferson served as President of the Washington, D.C. school board during his tenure as President of the United States. One of his duties on the school board was to select the textbooks to be used by the students. He selected the Bible as the primary text with this rationale: "I have always said, and always will say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens."' Peter said God has provided us "all things that pertain to life and godliness" (2 Pet. 1:3). The Bible is the great repository of blessings:
*To a thirsty man, God's Word is water (Rev. 22:17). Trying to absorb the depths of the Bible is like trying to mop up the ocean floor with a sponge.
* To a hungry man, God's Word is food (Heb. 5:12; 1 Pet. 2:2).
* To a groping man, God's Word is light (Psa. 119:105, 129).
*To a confused man, God's Word is counsel (Psa. 119:24).
*To a downcast man, God's Word is a song (Psa. 119:54).
*To an endangered man, God's Word is a sword (Eph. 6:17).
*To a frightened man, God's Word is a fortress (Psa. 119:114;
Prov. 18: 10).
*To a poor man, God's Word is gold (Psa. 19: 10).
* To a working man, God's Word is a tool (Jer. 23:29).
* To a growing man, God's Word is a seed (Lk. 8: 11).
* To a cold man, God's Word is a fire (Jer. 23:29).
*To a lost man, God's Word is a map (Psa. 119:1-5b; Jer.
10:23; Jn. 14:6).
* To a disheveled man, God's Word is a mirror (Jas. 1:23, 24).
* To a lonely man, God's Word is a companion (Psa. 119:92).
* To a hurting man, God's Word is a comfort (Rm. 15:4).
The Bible is the only Book that adequately answers the "Three Big Questions." Books of philosophy are full of questions, but have few answers. The Bible has some questions, and it has the answers. It leads us into the metaphysical realm (that which lies beyond our senses) where no unaided human mind has the ability to venture. The Bible is the only book which can tell our past, present, and future. What are the "three big questions?"
PAST: How did I get here (origin)? The Bible gets this one out of the way in its first chapter: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Gen. 1:27). On this subject, biology books promote a theory of pseudo-science, but the Bible has the eye-witness account of the three who were there. When these books differ, the Book read in Sunday school trumps the one stored in the school locker. Don't believe "the evolution lie" no matter how many times they repeat it. Evolution is not a fact-it is a myth. It is not a law of science; it is a theory-one that has been rejected by many of the world's famous scientists. It is not really "science" at all; it is philosophyand bad philosophy at that. Science relates to things that can be observed and repeated. What man living today saw the beginning of the world? Where is matter now being created? God's Word is a treasure, because it cleans up the fog around our origin. Because of the Bible, we know how we got here: God put us here.
PRESENT: Why am I here (purpose)? Again, the Bible gives a clear answer. We are on earth to prepare for heaven (Mt. 7:13, 14; Rev. 2 1). We are on a journey that will end at a better destination than any place we pitch our tent here on this orbiting sphere. God gave His reason for creating us in these words: "This people have I formed for myself, they shall show forth my praise" (Isa. 43:2 1; cf. Mt. 5:16; Eph. 1: 6 3:21; Phil. 2:15, 16). We live to "shew forth the praises" of our Maker "that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever" (I Pet. 2:9; 4:1lb). God's Word is a treasure, because it clears up why we are here.
FUTURE: Where am I going (destiny)? Phillips Brooks observed, "The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that. The Bible is a thing to be looked through, to see that which is beyond." Have you "peeked through" God's telescope to see what lies beyond this world? Do we exist after death? If So, what can we expect on the-other side? The Bible says that we definitely will live forever. We are on the way to our "long home" (Ecc. 12:5), as compared to this "vapor existence" of threescore and ten plus or minus (Jas. 4:14; Psa. 90:10-12). Jesus said some shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 14:1, 2).
The Bible is the only Book that is "alive." The Holy Spirit said, "For the word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb. 4:12). The Bible will "grow" inside you like a seed grows in soil (Lk. 8:11). It will impregnate your heart as the male seed does the female womb (Jas. 1: 185). Martin Luther put it this way: "The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold on me." In a similar vein, John Jay Chapman said, "You cannot criticize the New Testament. It criticizes you." The Bible is not so much a book that we read, as it is a book that reads us. Other books were given for our information; the Bible was given for our transformation (cf. Rm. 12:2).
The Bible is living because the Holy Spirit uses it to prick man's heart ("the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God," Eph. 6:17). It is inaccurate to say that the Holy Spirit does not convince, convict, and convert sinners today. No sinner comes to Christ without the work of the Holy Spirit. The means by which He accomplishes this is the living Scriptures, though, not some fuzzy feeling, dreamy vision, or small still voice in the wee dark hours. It is not a "direct operation;" it is a work through the power of the Gospel (Rm. 1: 16).
Glad Tidings of Good Things
Vol. 8/July 10, 2003