What the Bible Says About Itself
The Absolute Value and Importance of God's Written Word
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."
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.