The Formation of Scripture
The Apostle Peter says in (2 Peter 1:19) for we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty. He then goes on to describe his personal experience when he was with the Lord on the mount of transfiguration.
However he confirms there is something much more reliable and assuring for us.
We have the prophetic Word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2:Peter 1:19-21)
Holy Spirit inspired
So from Genesis to Malachi the divine author using human writers was the Holy Spirit of God. The New Testament writers were also guided by the Holy Spirit to bring to completion the Divine revelation in the record of Scripture. What was revealed to John in exile was written to the 7 churches of Asia.
The solemn word presented was given this injunction He that has an ear to hear let him hear what the Spirit to the Churches. This wonderful book, the Bible, closes with some very serious consequences to anyone who would add or take away from what is written in it. In other words from Genesis to Revelation the author is the Holy Spirit.
The Bible was written by approximately 40 writers. The first and last were separated by 1500 centuries. The writers were kings, statesmen, soldiers, scholars, philosophers, physicians, poets, herdsmen, shepherds, and fishermen. Parts of it were written in the desert of Sinai, the wilderness of Judea, the river of Babylon, the prison in Rome and the Isle of Patmos.
It contains history, geography, genealogy, law, ethics, prophecy, poetry, philosophy, hygiene and principles to which obedience will produce individual happiness and national greatness. The Bible is so diverse in composition and contents. It gives the impression that each part is necessary to the other. Taken together these parts form one complete and coherent whole.
Excerpts from the Gideon Bible
“Christ is its grand subject, our good its intent, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully.”
“It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It involves highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”
“Owned it is riches, studied it is wisdom, loved it is character, and obeyed it is power.”
Calling others to join in
What a wonderful blessing we have in North America to have liberty to read it without harassment. We also have freedom to invite others to come and know the great blessing it can be to their lives.
The Scriptures carries with it all the authority of the living, eternal God behind it and one day every member of the human race will have to give an account as to how they received and obeyed its truth.
To be continued …