Saturday, 29 December 2018

SEVEN UNIQUE WONDERS OF THE WORD OF GOD.

SEVEN UNIQUE WONDERS OF THE WORD OF GOD.


The Bible truly is a unique and wonderful book – a book full of wonders. I would like to consider some of these Unique Wonders of the Word of God. 
First let’s look at Ps 19:7-14
"7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

Ps 138:2, "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
David said of God in this Psalm, “Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Christians are often accused of worshiping the Bible. This is not true. We worship the God who wrote it. He alone deserves our worship. But at the same time the Bible makes this declaration concerning the Word of God.

THE UNIQUE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORD OF GOD.

I. The Unique Wonder of It’s Inspiration

The Bible is the most unique book ever written for it claims to have as it’s author God.

It may have been written over a period of 1600 years, on three continents, and by 40 different men. Yet it had only one author – GOD.

2 Peter 1:20-21
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Tim 3:16-17
16 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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

1 Thess 2:13
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

It is inspired, that is “God-breathed”.

It declares that it is the word of God. The expression “the Lord said” or “the Lord spoke occurs over 2000 times in the OT alone.

II. The Unique Wonder of It’s Formation

The Bible contains 66 books – 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT.

The 39 books of the O.T. are written primarily in Hebrew, with a little Aramaic, and the 27 books of the N.T. are written exclusively in Greek. Yet these diverse authors each in their own way present a unified portrait of God’s plans and purposes in our world.

The 27 books that make up the New Testament were written over a 50 year span, and they deal with Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, the beginning of the Christian church, and instruction about how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.

In the King James it contains 1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses.

It was written by 40 authors ranging from kings, to statesmen, to doctors, to farmers and shepherds.

The Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years on three continents.

The Bible is an entire library of different kinds of literature. As to different kinds of literature, the Bible contains history, poetry, humor, prophecy, romance, letters, biographies, songs, journals, advise, laws and stories.

1. It’s Diverseness

a. The Bible is not a book of history – yet it is historical.

b. The Bible is not a book of science – yet it is scientific.

c. The Bible is not a book of just facts – yet it is factual.

2. It’s Uniqueness

a. The Bible is the first Book – it is first in pre-eminence.

b. The Bible is the Best Book – As David said of the sword of Goliath, “there is none like it.”

c. The Bible is the oldest book – It was written in the heart of God from eternity.

So when I say "Bible" this is what I’m talking about, these 66 books that have been the foundation for the Christian faith since it’s very beginnings.

III. The Unique Wonder of It’s Preservation

Ps 12:6-7
6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

1. Its Hatred - It is the most hated of books.

a. It’s an authority and people reject authority

b. Men hate and reject it because they are ignorant of it’s truth

1) The truths of sin, judgment, and Hell are bitter to them

2) Men reject it because they are too busy with the things of this world to heed the Bible.

2. It’s Survival - The Bible has survived every attack against it

a. Men have tried to destroy it. By burning - by ridicule - By so called science – but it still survived

b. Men have tried to outlaw it. - Under penalty of death or imprisonment if you owned one.

c. Men have tried to pervert it. Add to it or take away from it.

One of the greatest errors of the Cults is the accusation that the word of God became corrupted and so that is why they came along with their “scriptures”.

d. Men have tried to hide it. – in dead languages – in perverted translations

3. It’s Prominence - It is the Monarch of books – The king among books. It rules over all.


a. The printing press came into existence because of the Word of God.

b. The Bible was also the first book ever printed on the printing press,

c. it’s the best selling book of all time.

What kind of a God would we have if He could give us a Book and then not preserve it.

IV. The Unique Wonder of It’s Design

The Bible declares itself to be many things and to have many uses.

I have in my hand:

1. A Two Edged Sword – Heb. 4:12

2. A Hammer – Jer. 23:29 – It breaks the resistance of the heart.

3. A Mirror – James 1:23-25 – It reflects the true picture of man

4. A Fire – Jer. 23:29 and 20:9 – The Word of God is pure and refining

5. A Lamp – Ps. 119:105 – It is illuminating


V. The Unique Wonder of It’s Power

This book has the power to change lives.

It has the power to pick drunkards up out of the gutter.

It has the power to make saints out of infidels.

It has the power to restore broken marriages

It has the power to give hope to the murderer on death row.

Isa 55:11

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Illustration

Someone once asked the great preacher Charles Spurgeon if he was prepared to defend the Word of God. He replied, “Defend it! I would as soon try to defend a lion. God’s word doesn’t need defending. Just preach it. Let it out of it’s cage and it will defend itself.”

VI. The Unique Wonder of It’s Message

It gives Jesus Christ the preeminent place

In Genesis – He is the Seed Of The Woman

In Exodus – He is the Passover Lamb

In Leviticus – He is our High Priest

In Numbers – He is the Star Of Jacob

In Deuteronomy – He is the Rock

In Joshua – He is the Captain Of The Lord’s Host

In Judges – He is the Sword Of Gideon

In Ruth – He is the Kinsman Redeemer

In Samuel – He is the Seed Of David

In Kings – He is the Lord God Of Israel

In Chronicles – He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords

In Ezra – He is the Lord Of Heaven And Earth

In Nehemiah – He is the Restorer

In Esther – He is the God Of Providence

In Job – He is the daysman

In Psalms – He is the King Of Glory

In Proverbs – He is the Wisdom Of God

In Ecclesiastes – He is the Creator

In Song Of Solomon – He is Altogether Lovely

In Isaiah – He is the Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince Of Peace

In Jeremiah – He is the Lord Our Righteousness

In Lamentations – He is the Weeping Prophet

In Ezekiel – He is the Wheel In The Wheel

In Daniel – He is the Fourth Man If The Fire

In Hosea – He is the Lord God of Hosts

In Joel – He is the Hope of His People

In Amos – He is the God of Hosts

In Obadiah – He is the Destroyer Of The Proud

In Jonah – He is the God Of The Second Chance

In Micah – He is the God Of Jacob

In Nahum – He is the Avenging God

In Habakkuk – He is the Everlasting Glorious God

In Zephaniah – He is the King Of Israel

In Haggai – He is the Desire Of All Nations

In Zechariah – He is the one Pierced In The House Of His Friends

In Malachi– He is the Lord Of Remembrance

In Matthew – He is the King Of The Jews

In Mark – He is the Servant

In Luke – He is the Son Of Man

In John – He is the Eternal God

In Acts – He is the Ascended Lord

In Romans – He is the Lord Our Righteousness

In Corinthians – He is Our Sufficiency

In Galatians – He is Our Liberator

In Ephesians – He is the Head Of The Church

In Philippians – He is Our Strength

In Colossians – He is the Fullness Of The Godhead

In Thessalonians – He is the coming Christ

In Timothy – He is the Mediator Between God And Man

In Titus – He is the Great God And Savior

In Hebrews – He is the Captain Of Our Salvation

In James – He is the Great Physician

In Peter – He is the Unblemished Lamb

In John – He is the Advocate

In Jude – He is the Lord That Cometh With 10,000 Saints

In Revelation – He is the Alpha And Omega, the Lion Of Judah, the Bright And Morning Star,

the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords

VII. The Unique Wonder of It’s Promises

1. The Promise of Salvation

2. The Promise of Forgiveness of Sin

3. The Promise of Eternal life

4. The Promise of Heaven

5. The Promise of Jesus Coming again

6. The Promise of Hope – The Word of God is all about hope in a hopeless world.

Life is all about choices.

Salvation is a decision

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