The Holy Bible

holybibleThe Holy Bible is the textbook that the LORD has made available to everyone to read. In spite of the efforts of God’s enemies to try to ban this book, it will remain forever. In fact, it would be easier to do away with the heaven and the earth before this book, the Word of God, will pass away.

Matthew 5:18

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The Holy Bible has been tried and proven, there are about 300 Messianic Prophecies that were documented in the Old Testament that were fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ in his relatively short life of 33 years. These Prophecies covered the following areas:

  • Lineage
  • Geography
  • Ministry
  • Betrayal
  • Suffering
  • Death
  • Triumph
  • Timing

Today the Lord Jesus stands at the center of time, dividing B.C. from A.D. The credibility of the Holy Bible by these fulfillments alone is justified. The reason for this accuracy can be best explained by the following scripture:

II Timothy 3:16-17

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

It is therefore essential that all Christians study the Holy Bible on a regular basis. The Holy Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Between these Testament there is a span of silence of 400 years.

The Old Testament has the following main divisions:

  1. The Pentateuch (written by Moses and includes: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)
  2. History (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther)
  3. Poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon)
  4. Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel)
  5. Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)

The New Testament has the following main divisions:

  1.  History (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts)
  2. Pauline Epistles (Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews)
  3. General Epistles (James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude)
  4. Revelation

METHODS OF STUDY

Each believer should read through the entire Holy Bible at least twice. It is recommended that new believers start with the Gospel of John, and then start at the beginning of the New Testament. After reading the entire New Testament, then proceed to the Old Testament. It should be noted that the Book of Revelation is by far the most difficult of the books to understand, so don’t allow yourself to get discouraged or confused if you do not understand the context of everything that you are reading.

Reading the Bible is like eating spiritual food. Don’t be in a rush when you read it, or you will not be able to digest it properly. Take time to ponder on what you are reading and allow the Word of God to saturate your soul.

Joshua 1:8

8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

The Holy Bible, is your success manual for your life. After reading through the entire Bible you can then do:

  1. book studies
  2. biographical studies
  3. historical studies
  4. topic studies.

It is important to attend a good Bible believing church where there is vibrant Bible Study meetings. There your questions can be answered. The strange thing about reading the Bible is that the more you read it the more you will discover. Also, you may find that you will actually start reading it more slowly as you begin to digest more complex topics.

Hebrews 4:12

12 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.

CONTRADICTIONS?

Unbelievers would often try to justify their unbelief by using the argument of contradictions in the Bible. These persons would often use the King James Version (KJV) of the Scriptures as the basis of their arguments rather than the original texts. It is important to remember that the KJV was produced over 400 years ago. Linguistics has developed a lot since then. While the KJV gets the point of Salvation for humanity across, there may still be a few areas that may need review. Genuine contradictions may therefore fall into two board areas:

  1. Translation Errors
  2. Scribal Errors

But by the consideration of the original manuscripts these “conflicts” can be resolved. It’s not a good idea to get into long winded arguments with persons whose sole objective is only to undermine the validity of the scriptures, because their minds may still be blinded. Your time would be better spent praying for them instead.

I Corinthians 2:14

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 CONCLUSION

 Luke 4:4

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Enjoy the Holy Bible, dwell and meditate therein and obey the scriptures. So shall you have good success and prosper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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