For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
The Bible is God’s inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things. In the Bible, the heaven is opened and the gates of hell disclosed. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.
The Bible is the power of God unto eternal salvation and the source of present help for body, soul and spirit (Rom. 1:16; Jn. 15:7). Christ is its grand subject, man’s good its design, and the glory of God its end. It is a mine of wealth, the source of health, and a world of pleasure.
The Bible is God’s will or testament to men in all ages, revealing the plan of God for man here and now, and in the next life. It will be opened at the judgment, and it will last forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward for the least to the greatest of labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
The Bible is the record of God’s dealings with man in the past, present, and future. It contains His message of eternal salvation for all who believe in Christ, and eternal damnation for all who rebel against the gospel.
As a literary composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever made. It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size, and others no larger than a tract. These books include various forms of literature – history, biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, hymns, letters, directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories, prophecy, and all other forms of human expression.
The Bible is the only book that reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts binding, its histories true, and its decisions immutable. It contains light to direct, spiritual food to sustain, and comfort to cheer. Man should read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. He should read it that it might fill his memory, rule his heart, and guide his feet in righteousness and true holiness. He should read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly, devotionally; and study it constantly, perseveringly, and industriously – through and through, until it becomes a part of his being, generating faith that will move mountains.
The Word of God is a hammer to convict, a fire to refine, a mirror to reflect, seed to multiply, a laver to cleanse, a lamp to guide, rain and snow to refresh, a sword to cut, a bow for revenge, gold to enrich, power to create faith, eternal life to the doomed, food to nourish, milk for babes, bread for the hungry, meat for men and honey for dessert.
- Culled from Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible