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How do we know the Bible is important?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
The Bible does not have a tag saying that it is very important and unique. It looks like any other book. God gave us his book without any obvious indication of its value. When it was written there was no sophisticated advertising on TV and in newspapers and magazines, but God has his own way to ‘advertise’ the Bible.
The Jewish prophets wrote down God’s words. Among other things they wrote that God would send the Messiah to redeem man from this fallen, temporary world. He would initiate the eternal Kingdom of God. He came as Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God (we find this information in the Gospels). The Old Testament (the Messiah will come) and the New Testament (the Messiah has come) are linked by his coming (Luke 24:27,44). The Gospel message starts from Genesis 1 and continues to Revelation 22. As the Messiah, Jesus went along preaching and teaching the good news of the Gospel (Mark 1:14,15), He appointed 12 disciples to be with Him (Mark 3:14). Jesus gave them a command when He left: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19,20). The man\woman who is a disciple of Jesus Christ becomes the advertiser or the sower. Luke 8:5-15 explains the parable of the sower (man) who sows the seed (the Word of God). Only one quarter of the seed falls on fertile soil (the heart of a man who desires to make peace with God) and bears fruit. The other three quarters fall on places (hearts that refuse to submit to God) where the seed does not mature and bare a crop.
Jesus initiated a system that has been working perfectly for the last 2000 years. From generation to generation the Word is spread by men, empowered by the Holy Spirit. The message was taken by the disciples to other countries either by their own volition or by crises that forced them to flee and take their precious knowledge along. In the time of the early church in Acts 8:1, the disciples were scattered from Jerusalem by persecution. It was time to sow the Word among people outside Judea and Israel. Maybe the disciples were reluctant to go into unfamiliar territory, so God ‘helped’ them a bit. This is God’s pattern, that man should go to the ends of the earth. Remember how He scattered the people at the tower of Babel who wanted to stay together and make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:1-11).
God’s plans of action always include man. God limited himself during this time bound era of human history, to work with and through men. God is eternal, and self sufficient and can speak anything into existence, but he desires fellowship with the human beings He created. In the same way that a father teaches his son about his business, so the Holy Spirit teaches each of the disciples about God’s business. Man is God’s ‘partner,’ however unworthy. Just think how effective God would have been in evangelizing the world. However, He works in partnership with people. In the past disciples responsible to spread the message of redemption have really messed up. This is a testimony to the supernatural character of the Bible that it has in any case spread consistently throughout the whole world. Just think how highly Jesus values us that He allows us to be part of the growing Kingdom of God.
Conclusion: How do we know the Bible is a precious book, worth far more than thousands of pieces of gold (Psalm 119:72)? We hear it from preachers, teachers, lay men, friends and acquaintances whom we meet in the work place and the highways and byways of life. Thus a book that cannot announce itself or talk, or advertise itself, is brought to billions, by men, with the power of the Holy Spirit. Never underestimate your value to God. God wants us to be His partners in demonstrating and relating how unique and important the Bible is, because it explains that there is an eternity after death and man can choose one of two eternal destinations.