The Bible Part 1

This week, we'll begin by talking about The Bible. Remember, the Bible is God's perfect guidebook for living. It's easy to get our view of the Bible twisted when we do not understand three important words: revelation, inspiration, and illumination. We'll look at these words in depth over the next few weeks, but, let's go ahead and get a quick definition of these three words.

Revelation means that God has chosen to reveal his nature and his will to us through the Bible. The Bible was written so that God could show us what He is like and what He wants us to be like. An understanding of God comes solely through his decision to reveal himself to us.

"And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD." Ezekiel 38:23

Inspiration is the process through which God gave us the Bible. God worked in the hearts of human writers to inspire them to write down his words. God's words written through these people are perfect, infallible, and trustworthy.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right." 2 Timothy 3:16

Illumination is the Holy Spirit's work of bringing light to the words of the Bible as we read them. Illumination is the means by which we understand the Bible.

"Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures." Luke 24:45

The goal of this week's study and the following is this: not only that each of us would have a new love for and commitment to the Bible's answers for our lives but also that we would be able to share that love for God's Word with others.

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