Can We Hear the Voice of God? (Part 2)
What is the Bible?
The Bible or Scripture is God speaking to us in human words. The Bible consists of 66 books written over a period of fifteen hundred years by more than 40 human authors on three continents. The Bible of today has two themes. The first or the Old Testament can be viewed as a library of books that reveals the promises of God. In the Old Testament we follow God’s interaction with men. We see how God makes promises to those He interacts with and subsequently fulfills those promises. We learn that God is always to do what He has promised. In studying the Old Testament we see that God may fulfill His promises in the short term and then more fully in the long term and in a way beyond that which we could imagine.
The New Testament can be viewed as the fulfillment of God’s promises and the anticipation of the fulfillment of the remaining promises at Jesus second coming. Over the years, the Bible has evolved into what we have today. In the thirteenth century, the Bible books were divided into chapters to make it easier to see the themes that were emerging. In the sixteenth century, the chapters were further divided into verses in order to make it easier to give an address to the individual thoughts that the Bible contains.
Scripture Introduces Us to Its Hero
The hero of the Bible is God. The pages of Scripture reveal God to us through His word. We are introduced to God in the very first line of Genesis, “In the beginning. God …” In the closing line of the New Testament, we are reminded that the God who is the hero if the Bible is Jesus Christ. Here I will quote the last 2 verses of Revelation. “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.