2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” NKJV
Truly there are several thoughts that come to mind as I read this passage but I will attempt to focus on a singular thought (if that is possible for me). If you have a Bible, take it in your hand and hold it before your eyes. You are holding a MIRACLE BOOK! I believe that completely and believe that the Bible is THE LOGOS OF GOD! I would suggest there are three particular miracles that distinguish it from any other book ever written and defend it from ordinariness.
- The Miracle of INSPIRATION.
The Bible came into being as the Holy Spirit moved on the hearts of chosen men and produced a ‘Divine Revelation’ for mankind. I believe this book to be divine from beginning to end. It reveals the ‘mind’ of God, offers the ‘pathway’ to salvation and ‘reveals’ the plan of God for man for time and eternity. It is Divine by INITIATION.
- The Miracle of PRESERVATION.
By that I am speaking of the work of the Spirit of God on the hearts, minds and hands of the translators as well as upon the Scripture text itself to perpetuate and protect the message. Translation could be described as perilous waters difficult to navigate. The same Holy Spirit that breathed the original inspiration carefully guards the message. He works to preserve and protect it. It is Divine by CONTINUATION.
- The Miracle of ILLUMINATION.
The Holy Spirit works upon the hearts, minds and lives of the preacher, teacher and student of the Word and helps them to mine the spiritual nuggets of truth from its pages and volumes. It is the LIVING WORD, God breathed and touches the heart with the ‘inner meaning’ of those precious words. The Holy Spirit takes it and as it is applied to lives there is amazing and miraculous transformation. It moves from the head to the heart and the individual life is forever changed. It is Divine by COMMUNICATION.
So that Bible you hold in your hand is a MIRACLE BOOK. The Holy Spirit continues to ‘guard’ His word. God’s disposition toward His word is described in Jeremiah 1:12 – “I will hasten (watch over) My Word to perform it.” The world considers the claims of the Bible as ludicrous, myths and foolishness and they exercise their reason and intellect to solve the problems of mankind and the world continues to fall apart at the seams. Man’s way does not work! The Bible is reliable. It presents the history of man from a Divine perspective and proposes the management of man’s affairs under God’s plan of a Divine Economy that is present and eternal.
The scripture (all of it) is given by INSPIRATION and is profitable and enables us to be ready for whatever life brings our way. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread (natural food) alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). We also read that the word of God is, “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).
I would urge each one to begin, continue or renew their hunger for the Word of God and make the Bible a daily part of your spiritual diet. May God be with you as you go through your day! Blessings.