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The Nature of the Bible

Contents:

1. What is the Bible?

2. Rightly Dividing the Bible

3. Why we need the Bible.

4. What about things not written in the Bible?

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

Proverbs 3:1-7

I. DEFINITIONS OF TERMS

A. Bible (from Greek word for "books")- The sacred book of Christianity, a collection of ancient writings including the books of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.- The American Heritage Dictionary, 2nd College Edition. 1985.

1. A collection of Books bound into a single Book. The First known Bibles with all the books bound into a single volume appeared in 300 A.D.

2. 39 books in the Old Hebrew language, some verses in Ezra, Jeremiah, and Daniel in Chaldean (Aramaic). The Books were written starting at 2200 B.C. to 425 B.C. This portion of the Bible is called the Old Testament. It is the written agreements and laws between the Nation of Israel (Jews) and Jehovah (and the Godhead).

3. 27 Books in the common (Koine) Greek Language with some phrases in Aramaic the language spoken by the Jews of Jesus' time. This portion is known as the New Testament or Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the current agreements and laws between all people and the Godhead. The Books were written between 45 A.D. and 95 A.D.

4. The original Hebrew and Greek Books of the Bible have been Translated into 1,400 languages. Each language having many versions. A version is a translation by a particular organization or person and represents their best ability at translating from the original language to the translators language. Some misunderstandings and confusions about the Bible's message are due to having to translate from one language to another. Bible lexicons and interlinear help overcome this problem.

II. THIS BIBLE WAS WRITTEN BY GOD- the books in the Bible are those known to be truly written by God. Remember the Bible was written during the times of true prophets and God could and did identify the books to be included. The later additions included in Catholic Bibles are not written by God but are just ordinary men's writings. A fact which even the Catholic Church does not attempt to deny.

A. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 provides a great explanation of what the Bible is:

1. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God"- It is not mans thoughts

a. God's words given to Moses- Exodus 32:15-16 34:1-2, 10-27

b. Ordered to Make Copies- Duet 11:16-20 17:15-20 27:1-10

c. To Jeremiah- Jeremiah 30:1-2

d. All the Old Testament written in this manner- God selects a person to write his words in a book, which becomes scripture, the word of God. Jesus confirmed the Old Testament in the New: Luke 1:68-70 Heb. 1:1-2 (many other places)

e. The New Testament in like manner- Luke 12:11-12 John 16:13-15 Galatians 1:11-12 1Thessalonians 2:13

f. Every Word to the smallest mark is God's- Matt. 5:17-19 1Cor 2:11-13

g. God is not a Man, He is infinitely greater- Isaiah 55:6-9 1Cor 1:20-25

2. "And is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,"- 

A. Jerimiah 10:23- Not in man to guide his own steps

B. Prov 14:12- Man's Judgment is fatal

C. Prov 28:26- Man's Emotions are misleading

D. Matt 15:3-14- Human traditions and ideas not Good

3. "That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."- 2Peter 1:1-4

1. Gal 1:6-9 Not to be modified

2. Rev 22:18-19 Not to be added to or taken away from


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