The Holy Bible tells us:
“’All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
1 Peter 1:24-25 ESV
The phrase “the word of the Lord” is first referenced in Genesis and runs throughout the entire Holy Bible. Space does not allow for a complete listing, but here are some of the references to the “word of the Lord”:
The word of the Lord came to Abram – Genesis 15:1
The word of the Lord came to Samuel – 1 Samuel 15:10
The word of the Lord came to Elijah – 1 Kings 21:17
The word of the Lord created the heavens – Psalm 33:6
The word of the Lord remains forever – 1 Peter 1:25
Of course, Israel had the word of the Lord as given to them through the Torah, the prophets and the writings, in essence what we call the Old Testament. And we now have both the Old Testament as well as the record of Jesus’ life and ministry in the Gospels, along with the letters and record of the ministry of the various apostles, and the prophetic writing of the Apostle John in The Revelation. This collection of books is the New Testament.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16
In other words, the entire Holy Bible, ALL Scripture, is God’s word and is profitable for us in numerous ways. So, what does “breathed out by God” mean? God-breathed means that the words were inspired.
Irenaeus. a 2nd century cleric from Lyons, France, said that we should be “most properly assured that the Scriptures are indeed perfect, since they were spoken by the Word of God and His Spirit.” Martin Luther said, “Scripture, although also written of men, is not of men nor from men, but from God.”
From the 2nd Century to today, we see the same thought regarding God’s involvement in the Scriptures. In an article entitled “God-Breathed Scripture” prepared by Ligonier Ministries, we read the following:
The Greek word translated as “breathed out” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is theopneustos, and Scripture is the only thing described as such by the Apostles. Thus, Scripture has a unique character as the voice and words of the Lord. It uniquely serves as God’s special revelation, as His inspired and revealed will for His people. Nothing else today is theopneustos, so we can point to nothing but Scripture as the Word of God.
When we speak of Scripture as theopneustos, we are pointing to its divine inspiration. The Word of God written is identical to God’s speech. It is exactly what He intended us to have as the revelation of His will and how to please Him. At the same time, this does not take away from the Bible’s human character. God breathed out His Word, but He did so through the instrumentality of His prophets and Apostles. So, for example, the book of Romans is Paul’s word, bearing the Apostle’s unique style and character. Nevertheless, it is also God’s Word, given by Him. That our Lord used a man to give us the book of Romans does not in any way make it less than the very speech of God. And this applies to all books of Scripture.
The Holy Bible is not only translated and printed into books, it is now online and is also available in e-book text for viewing on all sorts of electronic devices. This presents a new issue for modern Christianity. Are we letting the multitude of Bibles in the house and the easy accessibility of it through internet and online sources render it just another book to throw on the floor or to dust around on the coffee table.
Beware! It is NOT the Reader’s Digest or the daily newspaper.
Does it retain the holy place it deserves in our minds and hearts or has it lost, for us, the power of The Word of God?
My prayer is that the ready accessibility of The Holy Bible in our country will not cloud our minds or distort our perception of how cherished and sacred the Scriptures should be. The Holy Bible as a printed book is not some magical relic that has powers if we hold it to our breast.
It is even more profound. The words in The Holy Bible do, most surely, have power through the Holy Spirit because they are, indeed, THE Words of God.
When we contemplate the grandeur of this Book that God has, through His grace, placed in our hands, we can begin to realize how blessed we are. What a treasure it is to have the very words of our Sovereign God in our possession. The most important document that you could possibly possess is a Bible, the message of God to you, and to me. Don’t neglect its divinely inspired message to you.
Father, forgive me when I have neglected to read and study Your Word. I pray that I would give Your Word the proper respect and reverence that it deserves. I pray that I would read it and place its words into memory, and that I would do what The Holy Bible directs, so that I would reflect its words to those around me, through the power of Your Holy Spirit.