Let the Bible Speak for Itself
By Randy Harshbarger In Faithful In Our Own Generation, Gospel Meetings, In Remembrance On September 11, 2016
The Bible is a library made up of 66 books, written over a period of some 1600 years, by forty different men. The Bible deals with man’s need for salvation. Its message is for all the world. The Bible is “God’s power unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16). It can change the hearts of men. It can make weak men strong and sinful men righteous. It can lift our spirits and set us once again on the high road of life.
Great men have commented often on the influence of the Bible. ‘Benjamin Franklin, in responding to Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason, said: “Don’t publish it (referring to Paine’s work). The world is bad enough with the Bible, what would it be without it?” Abraham Lincoln speaking to a friend once during the Civil War said: “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book upon reason that you can and the balance upon faith, and you will live and die a better man.”
Inspiration says that God’s word is “living and active.” It is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:11-12). The Bible is capable of doing what other writings cannot do. It penetrates. It searches. It brings to light the intents of one’s heart, whether real or insincere. The Bible is sharp. It can cut into a person and separate him from sin. It examines and exposes any ulterior motives man might have.
The Bible comes to us from God; it is His word (1 Thess. 2:13). The Bible reveals the mind of Deity (1 Cor. 2:13). Things which man sees, hears, or conceives of cannot save, nor do the ideas of men constitute the mind of God. The Bible draws us closer to God because it reveals something about God’s nature. Paul told the people of Athens that we are the offspring of God (Acts 17:24-25). Man is a spiritual being, made in the image of God. He is capable of fellowship with God. God is not described as a man with man’s failures. God is righteous and holy.
The Bible is needed because it is the only authoritative record of God’s dealings with mankind. Where would man be without the Bible? Without the Bible there would be no record of how God dealt with man in the past and how He will deal with man now. The Bible is needed because it contains the one and only heaven approved plan of salvation. Men are lost in careless rebellion (Rom. 1:18). The Bible offers help (Isa. 55:6-7). The Bible speaks about God’s spiritual family, the church, and man’s part in this grand expression of divine wisdom. The Bible tells us to live. The morality of the Bible will lift and ennoble any people. The Bible offers the only real hope for the world to come.
Let our hearts be stirred by the following words. “Many years ago I entered the wonderful Temple of God’s revelation. I entered at the portico of Genesis, walked down through the Old Testament art gallery, where pictures of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses hung on the walls. I was attracted into the Music Room of the Psalms, where it seemed that every reed and pipe in God’s great organ responded to the tuneful harp of David, the sweetest singer of Israel’s· race. I passed on into the Chapel of Ecclesiastes, where the voice of the Preacher was heard; and into the Conservatory of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley, where sweet spices filled and perfumed my life.”
“I entered the Business Office of the Proverbs, then into the Observatory of the Prophets, where I saw telescopes of various sizes; some pointing to far-off events, but all concentrated upon the Bright and Morning Star, which was to rise above the moonlit hills of Judea for salvation. I entered the Audience Room of the King of Kings, where I beheld the vision of His glory, through the inspired eloquence of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I passed into the Acts of the Apostles, where the infant church was being born. I then traveled into the Correspondence Room where sat Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude, penning their epistles as dictated by the Spirit of God.”
“I finally stepped into the Throne room of Revelation, where I beheld in vision the King of Glory, sitting upon His great white throne; and I heard the chorus of angels as they sang: ‘All hail the power of Jesus’ name, Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all…Yes, crown Him Lord of all. ‘”
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