Without a doubt the most unique book ever written is actually a compilation of 66 books written by some 40 authors over a period of about 1600 years and yet has one major theme and all ties together beautifully to develop that theme. I’m referring, of course, to God’s Word, the Bible. None of the writers changed the message to put themselves or their friends in a better light. The sins of small and great alike are openly admitted and life is presented as it actually is. The writings of this amazing book, in contrast to any other book ever written, were inspired by God. God worked in the hearts and minds of each of the writers to govern that every word was exactly what He wanted recorded. The Apostle Peter wrote: “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (II Pet. 1:20,21). The Apostle Paul, also commenting on how we got our Bible, wrote this to Timothy: “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” (II Tim. 3:16,17). The word translated “inspired” literally means “God-breathed.” God superintended the human writers so that, using their individual personalities and interests, they composed and recorded—without error—God’s Word to man.
Obviously the Bible was unique in its origin, but it was also unique in the fact that though written over hundreds of years by many authors from a variety of walks of life, it has one basic message throughout—Jesus Christ! When Jesus, after His resurrection, stopped to visit in the home of the two disciples from Emmaus, Luke records for us: “And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Lk. 24:27). Whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament, the preacher and teacher of God’s Word should always exalt Christ and the message of salvation through faith in His work at the cross. When Philip helped the Ethiopian eunuch to understand the writings of the prophet Isaiah, it says, “and beginning from this Scripture, he preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35).
Jack Graham said, “There is a scarlet thread of redemption running throughout the pages of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.” Charles Spurgeon once said, “Cut the Bible anywhere and it will bleed!” The story of Jesus and His sacrifice for sin can be traced through the Bible. The Apostle Paul, who was a very intelligent, educated, eloquent person, wrote this about his visit to Corinth: “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified…And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” (I Cor. 2:2-5).
The Bible stands apart from all other books ever written, not only in its unique origin and message, but in the ability of that message to transform lives. In Paul’s letter to his understudy, Timothy, he wrote: “and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (II Tim . 3:16). The entire Bible is about the gospel—the “Good News” that Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty of our sin so that we could enjoy eternal life with Him in heaven. Paul wrote: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Ro. 1:16).
Since it is God’s enemy Satan’s purpose that people worship him and not God, he does all he can to stop them from hearing the “Good News” and coming to have eternal life through Christ, so he has done all in his power to destroy the Bible which tells people how to be reconciled to God and to have new life in Christ. Satan has been—and is—behind all the efforts to destroy and discredit the Bible, to remove it from our public schools and keep it out of countries that have not been exposed to its wonderful message of redemption. But God has promised that though “The grass withers, and the flower fades, the Word of God stands forever” (Isa. 40: 8). Satan’s efforts have been—and will continue to be—futile. God will have the “last word,” and it will be His Word, the Bible! The Bible has been the anvil upon which the critics have worn out their hammers! God has preserved, and will continue to preserve His Word, His “Love Letter” to mankind. The Bible changes hearts and changed hearts change history. “There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves His children and comes to rescue them through the sacrifice of His Son in place of those sinners…It is the story of Jesus” (Josh Harris in Dug Down Deep).
What does God’s Word, the Bible, mean to you? This amazing collection of books is our only infallible guide for faith and life. “You need to love the Bible, but that’s not enough; you need to learn the Bible, but that’s not enough; you need to live the Bible” (Warren Wiersbe).