The Bible
Written by Jay Yeager
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:56


The Bible

     After the recent firestorm over morality, the social media was compelled (howbeit grudgingly) to acknowledge that there are many people who believe that the Bible is the literal word of God.

     Friends, I am pleased to say that we are among the number of those who believe (know) that the Bible is the literal word of God! In fact, if the Bible is not the literal word of God, it is a lie, for the Bible claims to be the word of God. Not some scripture, not most scripture, but every scripture is inspired of God.

 “All scripture is given by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

     The Bible has no equal; for no other book reveals the origin of all things, for it is the only book from him (God) who created the heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 33:6-9; 148:1-5 et al). Further, when God created the earth and all things therein, he did not create it from a newborn or from a planted seed, but fully grown, ready and able to reproduce after its own kind, and here is why. God created the earth to be inhabited, fully capable of sustaining life.

 “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:18).

     While science scrambles to find some missing link to sustain their theory that man came from some type of animal, I know where I came from, and it was not from an ape. Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Who was the first man? Adam was, “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul…” (I Corinthians 15:45).

     Man did not evolve from something, he was made. His physical body from the dust of the ground “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The soul of man was given by God at the conception of life (Isaiah 44:2; 24; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15; James 2:26).

     The first woman was Eve, “And Adam was first formed, then Eve” (I Timothy 2:14). When, did God create Adam and Eve? In the beginning, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6).

     Beloved, the Bible reveals the origin of all things, because it is the only book that can. But that is not the primary goal of the Bible; each person needs to realize that there is more to us than meets the eye. When God made us in his own image, he gave us an eternal soul that is accountable unto the Almighty God who made us (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Acts 17:30-31; II Corinthians 5:10).

     The primary goal of the Bible is the salvation of man. When sin entered the world so did man’s need for a Saviour. Through 4,000 years of human history, the Bible points to the coming of Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world, not with a single revelation, but with hundreds the are interwoven throughout the Old Testament  with such precision and accuracy that only the God of heaven could supply.

     From the first subtle hint (Genesis 3:15), God allowed man to know the devil’s victory in the garden was limited and temporary (Galatians 4:4; I John 3:8). A precious promise would be given, a seed promise, that through the Abrahamic bloodline the Christ would come (Genesis 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Galatians 3:16), a blessing to all the world.

     The seed promise faced threats early and often, as a thoughtless son married outside the Abrahamic bloodline (Genesis 26:34-35). A Pharaoh who thought he could keep God’s people as slaves in Egypt (Exodus chapters 7:12), until God brought Egypt to their knees. On Mount Sinai God gave the Israelites a law that would protect and preserve the seed till the Christ would come into the world (Deuteronomy 5:2-3; Malachi 4:4; Galatians 3:19; 16).

     The Bible reveals much about the Christ who would come: He would come from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Hebrews 7:14; Revelation 5:5), from the house of David (II Samuel 7:12-13; Luke 1:30-33). A virgin would conceive and give birth, as God would take human form (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), for a specific reason, he came to be offered for the sins of man (Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 2:9).

     Therefore the Old Testament has no shortage of prophecies concerning his death. Not a month, or a year, or even fifty years before they happened, but hundreds of years before the events took place so no honest soul could doubt that the things that Jesus endured was by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (Act 2:23). The following is merely a sample:

  1. A friend would betray Jesus (Psalms 41:9; John 13:18; 26-30), not for a large sum of money, but as foretold, Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, the selling price of a slave (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15; Exodus 21:32).
  2. Jesus refused to participate in a trial where the scales of justice were cast aside. As was foretold, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:63; 27:12; 14; Luke 23:8-9).
  3. David wrote 1000 years before Christ, before crucifixion was ever practiced as a means of capital punishment, they would pierce his hands and feet (Psalms 22:16). The fifth wound would come when the soldiers pierced his side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34-37).
  4. Jesus would die on Calvary as his enemies mocked him (Psalms 22:7-8; Matthew 27:39-43). His body would go into the grave, his soul into Hades (Psalms 16:10; Acts 2:29; 31) but death could not hold him. Jesus arose from the dead on the third day (Matthew 16:21; Mark 16:1-6; Matthew 28:1-8).

     The New Testament introduces us to the Son of God, from the lineage (Matthew 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38), to the angel Gabriel’s visit to a virgin named Mary. “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JEJUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:30-33).


His lowly birth in a stable is recorded in Luke 2:1-7. The angels were there to announce it, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:4-11).

     The events following his birth until Jesus is 30 are meaningful, but brief. The shepherds beheld him, the presentation at the temple, the wise men from the east came to worship him, fleeing to Egypt, Jesus in Jerusalem at the age of twelve (Luke 2:15-17; 21-39; Matthew 2:13-14; Luke 2:41-52).

     Beloved, the focus of the gospel record is upon Jesus going about doing the will of the Father. Compelling and powerful! The only begotten Son of God (John 1:14; 18; 3:16; 18; I John 4:9), acknowledged by the Father from heaven (Matthew 3:13-17; 17:1-5; John 12:28), known by his friends (Matthew 16:16; John 11:27), recognized by devils (Matthew 8:29), logically concluded by those neutral (Matthew 27:54), demonstrated by Jesus himself:

  1. The blind given sight (John 9:1-7).
  2. The lame to walk (Matthew 9:1-8).
  3. The diseased healed (Matthew 9:35).
  4. The hungry feed (Mark 6:31-44; 8:1-9).
  5. The dead raised to life (Luke 7:11-16; John 11:20-44).
  6. The elements (sea and wind) obeyed him (Mark 4:36-41).
  7. Compassionate (Matthew 9:36-38; Mark 6:34-44).
  8. Forceful in doctrine (Matthew 7:28-29; John 12:48).

     Jesus told us the value of a soul (Matthew 16:26), then showed us the love of God for every soul by dying for us (John 3:16; I John 4:8-10; II Corinthians 5:21).

     The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), Jesus tells us how to be saved (Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:18-20; John 8:24; Acts 2:38; 17:30; Acts 8:37; Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 22:16). The gospel of Christ tells us how to stay saved (Ephesians 6:10-18; II Peter 1:5-11).

     Jesus set the boundaries of acceptable human behavior (Romans 1:19-32; I Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:5-9), no one is allowed to alter those boundaries (Galatians 1:8-9; II John 9-11; Revelation 22:18-19).

     Jesus will come again (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11), no one knows when that will be (Mark 13:32-33; I Thessalonians 5:1-3). Therefore, the Bible tells us to live ready (Matthew 25:42; 50; II Peter 3:10-12).

 The Bible, there is no book in the world like it, for it is the literal word of God.

 Cherish it, learn it and live by it!