“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” Hebrews 4:12. In a popular movie, The Monster Book of Monsters would try to take a bite from a person if not strapped shut. This is not what is meant when the Word of God is described as ‘living and active,’ but rather it’s the difference between a doll and a baby. A mother lets a toddler drag the doll by the foot down the stairs, but is adamant that she treat her newborn brother with great care when gently laying him in her arms. So is the Bible unique and amazing, having only the appearance of a book with its cover and dead pages. Its inspiration of God is its breath of life. More than just an instruction manual for the human existence, God’s word is something we can treasure, study, and live out in our hearts and minds. As a living seed, once planted there, it grows within us and overflows into the life we live out as Christians. And, not only good for life, it is also accurate about life in every way, and through God’s Spirit guides us into all truth as it is itself ‘truth.’ Do you live out God’s Word?
The Bible is an amazing book.
I. Luke 8:11-15. Like a seed, the Bible is living and active, but we must be good soil for it to grow within us. Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-14). We are baptized into Him (Galatians 3:26-27), but He also dwells in our hearts by faith (Ephesians 3:16-17).
II. 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The Bible is inspired by God. Not of human origin to fail (Acts 5:38-39), it has withstood the test of time because men were carried along by the Holy Spirit to write it (2 Peter 1:20-21).
III. John 17:17. As it is truth, we would expect the Bible to be accurate. Though it is not primarily a history or science textbook, unlike myths, it is accurate in details pertaining to history or science. No “once upon a time in a land long ago” type of language in it, real people and places are described in the Bible (Luke 2:1-4). Long before any scientists could have such knowledge, the Bible describes the earth being round (Isaiah 40:22), the paths of the sea (Psalm 8:8), and dinosaurs (Job 40:15-24)!
Even if the Bible could somehow be discounted, it still leaves us with the greatest moral and ethical code the world has ever known (John 15:12-14). It truly is an amazing book.