I am what you would call a “bibliophile” — “a person who has a great love for books.”    I spend too much money on new volumes.  Fortunately, a new strategy is helping me.  I’ve realized that I can return books I don’t really need.  Amazon, the online retailer, makes this easy.  Recently, I purchased a work of fiction.  When I opened its pages, I didn’t like what I saw.  In the past, I have enjoyed the author, but this time his writing was a bit too jaded and dark for my taste.  I returned the book.  It is important that the things we mentally and emotionally consume are spiritually nutritious.  Fortunately, when it comes to the book of all books (the Bible), we can have utmost confidence in its veracity and usefulness.  Consider four reasons this is so.

The Bible is inspired.

Of itself, the Bible says, “All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable…” (2 Timothy 3:16).  The word translated “inspired” literally means “God-breathed.”  The adjective depicts intimacy.  Have you ever been so close to someone that you could feel his or her breath?  God has given us the Bible because He loves us, and because He wants to be near us.  However, the word rendered “inspired” also speaks of a source.  Other books may be written about God, but there is only one that comes from God.  Through specially appointed prophets and apostles (2 Peter 1:20-21), the Lord delivered His thoughts and desires to the minds of men and women.  You can trust the Bible, because it is a book like none other.  The leather bound book you hold in your hand is a love letter straight from the heart of God.  Cherish your Bible!  Read it regularly and rely on it!

The Bible is without error. 

Theologians talk about this quality of Scripture by using the word “inerrancy.”  The term comes from a Latin word that means “not moving” or “fixed.”  It depicts the Bible as being “completely truthful and accurate in every respect about all it affirms.”  You can trust the Good Book because its words are “pure words” (Psalm 12:6).  It contains no error or variation from the truth (Psalm 119:96); thus, it is a “shield to those who take refuge” in it (Proverbs 30:5).

The Bible is preserved. 

It isn’t a book that has been on the scenes for only a few thousand years.  Before the beginning of time, the letters, words, concepts, precepts, and teachings of the Bible were ratified in the presence of God.  The Psalmist said, “Lord, your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).  Because they are eternal, the words of God will never perish or vanish.  Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35).  The Bible is indestructible!  It has been perfectly preserved for your benefit.  You can trust it!

The Bible is our means of spiritual growth. 

When Jesus prayed for His first disciples, He said, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).  Our Lord’s entreaty reveals that the Word of God is our primary means of spiritual transformation.  When we read it, an otherworldly sequence unfolds in which heavenly principles and precepts change our souls.  You can trust the Bible, because it has the power to transform your life for the good!

Dr. Patrick Latham

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