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Sunday Dialogue: Understanding the Bible – What does it say about itself?

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There is an old adage that says if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. I think that is so true of the Bible. God is Holy and does not need the words in the Bible because He is the Word.

But having created humans with a free will, God knew they would need an instruction and/or guidebook. The Bible is many things and is as current as the nightly news. The Bible is the road map to life, death, and eternal life. When all else fails read the instruction book.

It is never out of date, off course, or inapplicable. It is applicable in all things and in all situations. It is never irrelevant. It covers all aspects of life. What other book could do this? None! The answers to the universe, the planet, and the hearts of mankind can all be found within the pages of the Bible.

The verses below explain what the Bible has to say about itself. There is no further explanation needed – there is nothing more perfect than the Word of God when interpreted correctly.

This list came from Open Bible website.

2 Timothy 3:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Romans 15:4

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Isaiah 40:8 ESV

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Luke 8:11 ESV

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Deuteronomy 4:2 ESV

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Deuteronomy 12:32 ESV

“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.

John 5:39 ESV

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

Psalm 119:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

2 Peter 3:15-16 ESV

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

2 Peter 1:20 ESV

Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.

John 1:1-5 ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Matthew 22:29 ESV

But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.

James 1:21 ESV

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Revelation 22:18-19

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

1 John 1:3 ESV

That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

John 12:47-48 ESV

If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

John 6:63 ESV

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Jeremiah 23:29 ESV

Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Psalm 119:6 ESV

Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

John 10:35 ESV

If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—

Isaiah 28:13 ESV

And the word of the Lord will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Psalm 119:11 ESV

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:10 ESV

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! ~~~

Hope you did not just scan past the scripture above; but will digest each one by coming back over a period of time and really putting each one in your heart.

Never before in the history of man has it been easier to read the Bible. There are all sorts of applications and websites. God’s Word is literally at our fingertips.

The age of computers make it so easy to research and cross reference and understand the scriptures more than ever before. There was a time when ordinary man could not read and understand the Bible. It was not available to them. Here are but two of many resources that can help you learn more about the Bible.

Bible Gateway for looking up scripture by various means.

The One Year Bible Blog is a daily guide for a whole year and you can jump in at any time.

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Series one: Understanding the Bible

Series two: Understanding the Bible. Who is God?

Series three: Understanding the Bible. What kind of Book is the Bible?

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