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What the Bible Says About Itself

Updated on June 14, 2018

The Absolute Value and Importance of God's Written Word

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The Bible Speaks For Itself

There are key scriptures within the Bible that tell us all about itself.

For example: Peter wrote that God's word is not of any private interpretation, but Holy men were moved by God to write it. The Bible is not like any other book on Earth. It is God-breathed, God-Inspired, and God-directed.

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1:20-21.

Paul himself confirmed the importance of reading and studying the scriptures when he wrote:

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The book of Hebrews offers one of the greatest examples about the importance of studying God's word.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

Those who prayerfully study the scriptures can attest to the fact that a single verse can tell us several things. Hebrews 4:12 is one such verse.

"God's word is quick and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword,"

This is true, because God's word separates what is acceptable in Him as we abide in Christ, and what is not acceptable. His word answers quickly, and clearly when we prayerfully study and as we seek out our answers in Christ.

"Piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,"

God's word is so powerful, that it even makes a division between carnal and spiritual principles.

"And is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

This is truly an amazing statement, and one that should cause all who are in Christ to consider the depth of the words. God's word tells us that when we study, our thoughts and intents are actually discerned.

Of course, we know that Jesus spoke about being "born again," and this "re-birth," brings a holy union between Christ and an individual. This is the most necessary step for any who read and study the Bible because the carnal man is not subject to the laws of God. In-fact, a person can't even begin to grasp the depths of the scriptures without being born again.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63

Paul wrote that the scriptures should be studied to "show ourselves approved," and he explained that the written word springs to life for the reader. One example of this involves a passage where Paul spoke about a "vail,' being removed from our eyes in Christ. In 1 Corinthians chapter 3, Paul gave an explanation as to why the Jewish people of his time could not clearly see, or comprehend the writings of Moses. He stated that they couldn't see or comprehend God's word as their eyes were "vailed," to the truth of the things that were written. He completed this example by saying:

"Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away." 2 Corinthians 3:16

The only way to truly understand God's written letter to us, is by being in Christ Jesus. This is the very reason that non-believers cannot see the deeper things contained in the written word. For the unbelieving, seeing the life and the flow of God's word is impossible,"because the carnal man is not even subject to the laws of God, neither indeed can he be." (Romans 8:7)

God's word tells us that it is preserved and settled in heaven

Now that we've established the importance of God's word for every born again believer, lets take a look at some passages that tell us about the preservation of the written word.

"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." Psalms 119:89

"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Psalms 12:6

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." Matthew 24:35

How the Bible was written

Let's examine several of the passages where God told men to "write" His words.

All of the verses below contain the actual instruction to "write" the words that God Himself spoke to different men. I encourage anyone reading this to look at each scripture in context, and to do a word search that contains the word, "write," so that you can see the many other verses that are not in this article, but are in contained within the scriptures.

I'm going to start in the book of Revelation:

"Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea." Revelation 1:11

"Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;" Revelation 1:19

"And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." Revelation 3:1

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;" Revelation 2:8

"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;" Revelation 2:12

"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" Revelation 3:14

"Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:" Isaiah 30:8

"Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. Jeremiah 30:2

"Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day." Jeremiah 36:2

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest." Exodus 34:1

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel." Exodus 34:27

Note: These are just a few examples of God telling men to write His words.

Peter said that scriptures were also written by men of God who were moved by the Holy Spirit to write them.

God's word even tells us that there are certain passages within the scriptures themselves that will be opened in the last days.

Everything written within the pages of the bible is there for a reason. Even when we don't know the reason for a particular scripture, we can be assured of the promise that Jesus made to all who would believe on Him. "Seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you."

Sealed Scriptures

The bible also tells us that there are passages contained within the scriptures themselves that are "sealed," and will not be revealed until the last days.

"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Daniel 12:4

The book of Revelation tells us when the "seals" are opened. There are seven seals opened in the book of revelations. Here is one example:

"And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see." Revelation 6:7


All scriptures used in this article are from the KJV Bible.

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  • Jay C OBrien profile image

    Jay C OBrien 

    2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

    We agree, He is better than us. He does not have negative human emotions.

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Jay O'Brian, I'm actually not up for debating today, but I will say that the passage of which you refer to has a far greater meaning than what you would associate "Jealousy," to mean.

    You see, God's thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. He has a way of helping us to understand certain principles through our limited understanding. He draws correlations for us with natural things that we can relate to, but he also gives those who seek the truth in Him, a spiritual understanding.

    I'm not sure if that helps, but that's my response.

    Thanks for commenting. :)

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    Jay O'Brien 

    2 years ago

    "The Old Testament, (the first half of the bible,) Consists of the Jewish Torah, (Genesis - Deuteronomy.) The Prophets in the Old Testament are all part of the recorded Hebrew Prophets."

    Any story which depicts God as Jealous, Vengeful or Wrathful is Blasphemy. God is Good and Not Evil. The Justice of God is Mercy. God never gave land to Israel and never commanded or condoned fighting for it. God does not fight or kill babies.

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Rajan Sigh Jolly,

    I'm sorry but that statement is not true. Different religions have taken portions of the wisdom that is contained within the bible, but there is only one true written and preserved word of God.

    There is only one true religion, because there is only one way to be saved. The Old Testament, (the first half of the bible,) Consists of the Jewish Torah, (Genesis - Deuteronomy.) The Prophets in the Old Testament are all part of the recorded Hebrew Prophets.

    The New Testament carries it through and ties directly to everything that is contained in the Old Testament.

    Every study that I have done consists of both the Old and New Testaments.

    I have read about different belief systems for many years, and there are no others that tie to the bible. Islam took from the bible, (The Old testament was written thousands of years before the Koran, and the New testament was also written long before the Koran.)

    From my own research, I've learned that much of what is contained within the Koran was stolen and twisted into another belief system. The Koran follows Muhammad, the Bible makes no mention of such a prophet. The Koran believes that Ishmael was the chosen line, the bible from beginning to end makes it clear that Issac was the chosen or "Royal," line that would lead directly to the birth of Christ.

    The earliest chapters of the bible warned the Hebrew people to not even learn of the "gods," of other nations because they did not know the true and living God.

    Islam also makes the claim that they believe in Jesus, but the bible makes it clear that if anyone preaches another Jesus than the one contained in the preserved word of God, that we should not be deceived by them.

    Islam does not believe that Jesus was born to a virgin, nor does the religion believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. They believe Muhammad was a greater prophet than Jesus, and every prophet contained within the Bible was humble and spoke of the coming of Jesus. Not one recorded Biblical prophet ever claimed to be more than a human being, or greater than Jesus. There is some outstanding research that showed that the Bible, as it is written today, is more accurate than any other ancient text.

    There are those who believe texts, such as the writings of Plato, Thucydides, Homer's Iliad, Sophocles and Aristotle. The preserved word of God is literally more accurate than all of those. In comparisons to earliest Biblical texts known to mankind, the bible matches up at 99.5%. The .5% difference are very minor words, like "thus and thou," as simple words had to be used to translate from the Hebrew Language. If you ever have a chance to look at an Interlinear Bible, you'll find the most original translations, without the "thus, thou's and thee's) which makes it clear that the very basic words added were done so for ease of reading.

    The complete Bible from Genesis to Revelation is God's preserved word, and there is no other religious system that even comes close to matching up.

    God is not the author of confusion.

    I hope that you will look into the Bible, and see that even though it took thousand of years with several different God-inspired authors, it all comes together perfectly to give us a full story, example and instruction for the path to eternal life in Christ Jesus.

    I thank you for your response.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    Scriptures of different religions are the word of God written by God-like men when He ordained. They contain all the wisdom of the world and answers to all our questions if only we care to contemplate on the word within.

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Tim Truzy,

    Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words.

    God's word is amazing and filled with treasures. I love reading, studying and sharing the word.

    God bless you.

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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    Hello, Betty,

    "God's word is quick and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword,"

    How true. Factual and accurate to the letter.

    You are right: without study of the Bible, we can't gain spiritual knwoledge and grow. This was a great article on an important biblical truth.

    Much respect and admiration,

    Tim

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    RTalloni 

    2 years ago

    Indeed, it is crucial to prayerfully read Scripture, asking God to unfold His mind to us. Am looking forward to checking out more of your posts.

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    2 years ago from Florida

    Hi RTalloni, I agree with that statement about being willing to absorb the scriptures. Jesus said that, "the word is the seed," and seeds are meant to grow and mature in order to bear fruit. It always brings to mind the word, "Selah," in Psalms. Some say it's a musical directive, others say that It means to stop and consider what was being said. I like the second possible meaning best. It's easy to go into automatic reading sometimes, especially in chapters like the first few in Numbers. I think it's important that we stop on occasion and consider what we've read prayerfully. If we don't grasp it we can ask, and Jesus said, "Ask and it shall be given unto you." I haven't read either the book or the article that you mentioned, but they both sound very interesting. I'll have to look for them. Thank you for reading this article and for commenting.

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    RTalloni 

    3 years ago

    Studying out what the Bible says about itself is always an interesting exercise. Have you by any chance read the book From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man or the article The Battle for Your Mind from Desiring God? If not you might find them interesting. Thanks for a look at this topic. I recently read a quote from The Bible Study out of the UK, "We have to be willing to absorb the Word of God and let it help us grow."

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    3 years ago from Florida

    Good morning Charlie,

    I personally believe that God can reveal His truth to anyone who is seeking Him sincerely. I've read several

    Bible versions from cover to cover. I also often use scripture comparisons, and I haven't found such "drastic," changes as many like to say there are.

    A simple Google search shows that there are people who claim every single version is corrupt. If everyone follows along that line, nobody would read the Bible, and doubt is one of the worst issues that anyone can push.

    5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8

    I've talked with all kinds of different people regarding versions and half of what I've heard isn't even factual.

    Seeking God while studying the written word is between each of us and God.

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    charlie 

    3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

    this article is not about bibles, all references are to scripture and apply to scripture.

    BIBLES ARE NOT SCRIPTURE they are translations of scripture which contain the beliefs of the translators. Extra words, incorrect translation and twisting of scripture to show the false beliefs are found in virtually all modern translations esp the KJV and NIV two of the worst and therefore most popular in the church system of men. Of course the real disciples of Christ are filled with and led by the real Holy Spirit of God so they are taught the truth if listen to the Spirit. Those that follow apostate men esp the KJV only crowd think bibles are scripture and do not have the Holy Spirit to teach them ALL TRUTH as it was sent to do according to scripture.. Actually most bible do say they are translations, they just neglect to say they also include error designed to lead you in their direction.

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    3 years ago from Florida

    Oh, that's perfect! Now I see where you're coming from.

    You do realize that other religions do not mix well with the truth "A little leaven leavens the whole lump." Does that ring a bell?

    The only ones that I know of that push for mixing belief systems have to do with the New World Order, and the One World Religion.

    You can push that faslehoods on your own articles, but I will not have them tied to mine in any way.

    God is right, Jay C OBrien, and you simply aren't. I'll stick with God and His word, in Christ Jesus alone.

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    Jay C OBrien 

    3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

    Yes, indeed I have given my opinion, just as you have yours and the Hindus have theirs and so too the Jews, Muslims and Christians. All have their own books which cause division or separation. You can find the Golden Rule in all these religions. Let all religions come together and make a brief statement on what they can agree.

    Let us all agree not to harm another person or yourself.

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    3 years ago from Florida

    These are you personal opinions or preferences. Don't confuse them with God's intentions. There's a reason for everything.

    Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

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    Jay C OBrien 

    3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

    I also believe in Jesus and His teachings. I just do not believe in a God who goes around pitting one group of people against another. The Lord did Not fight for Israel or anyone else because The Lord does Not fight. The Lord did Not give land to the Hebrews for Israel, but that is what the Rabbis Want you to think. Do not believe the Rabbis, believe the teachings of Jesus. Remember, the Rabbis wanted to Kill Jesus.

  • Annkf profile imageAUTHOR

    Betty A F 

    3 years ago from Florida

    Sir, holding on to falsehoods, actually is more about leaning on our own understanding, rather than trusting in God above all else.

    I'll stick with my Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Son of the true living God, and the only way, the only truth and the only life.

    Thank you. :)

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    Jay C OBrien 

    3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

    "God is always good, without question, and His judgement are always just right and true. Since He knows every detail about each one of us, His judgement could not ever be unjust."

    I agree with you, that is why I do Not believe accounts in the Bible of an Angry, Vengeful, Jealous War God. God does Not commission one group of people to kill another, Especially Children! God did Not give land away to a chosen people. There must be something else going on.

    I suggest the misidentification of a Human to be God. See:

    https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/...

    Do not hold onto old and false religious views. Uplift your idea of God.

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    Betty A F 

    3 years ago from Florida

    God is always good, without question, and His judgement are always just right and true. Since He knows every detail about each one of us, His judgement could not ever be unjust. According to His word, He does judge us. That isn't always a negative thing. Sometimes we learn through judgement. Paul wrote that if we be without "chastisement," or "correction," then we are not sons, (or daughters.) God corrects those He loves. We can either abide in Christ, or choose not to, but the carnal man is not subject to the laws of God, neither indeed can he be. (Rom 8:7) As a major rule for me, I stick with the scriptures and prayerful study. We all have freewill to make our own choice. But God is always good, and just, and right.

    Thank you for your thoughtful response.

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    Jay C OBrien 

    3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

    I believe that God is Good and always Good. God is not jealous, vengeful or wrathful. God would never use one group of people to harm another as we are all of God.

    I do Not believe God ever gave land to the Hebrews because God is not a real estate agent. I do Not believe God ever commissioned the Hebrews to invade the land of Canaan or kill anyone, especially women and children. I do Not believe God ever fought for Israel.

    I believe there is another explanation for the Bible: a human pilot was misidentified as God or an Angel. See: https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/...

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    Betty A F 

    3 years ago from Florida

    So true Kari! God's word is amazing.

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    Kari Poulsen 

    3 years ago from Ohio

    Not only did God write the bible, but he means it to be a personal message for each of us. Verses that change the world for one person and not always the same for another. It is amazing to think about. :)

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    Betty A F 

    3 years ago from Florida

    Very interesting someonewhoknows! I'm going to have to look further into this. Thank you for sharing this!

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    someonewhoknows 

    3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

    There is a passage in the New Testament -King James Version - THE NEW ENGLISH BIBLE - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1961

    - REVELATION 13 -15 It was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast ,so that it could speak, and and could cause all who would not worship the the image to be put to death. Moreover, it caused everyone, great and small, rich and poor, slave and free, to be branded with a mark on his right hand or forehead, and no one was allowed to buy or sell unless he bore this beast's mark, either name or number.

    The powers of Darkness Conquered

    (Here is the key; and anyone with intelligence may work out the number of the beast.The number of the beast represents a man's name, and the numerical value of it's letters is six hundred and sixty six.)

    The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA falls along the 49th parallel of the world map.

    A - 49

    B - 50

    C - 51

    D - 52

    E - 53

    F - 54

    G - 55

    H - 56

    I - 57

    J - 58

    K - 59

    L - 60

    M - 61

    N - 62

    O - 63

    P - 64

    Q - 65

    R - 66

    S - 67

    T - 68

    U - 69

    V - 70

    W - 71

    X - 72

    Y - 73

    Z - 74

    There are 26 digits left until you reach 100 the exact number of letters in the English Alphabet.

    D - 52

    o - 63

    n - 62

    a - 49

    l - 60

    d - 52

    T - 68

    r - 66

    u - 69

    m - 61

    p - 64

    ------------

    666

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