What is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament or Old Covenant, and 27 in the New Testament or New Covenant. We can think of the Old Covenant as being the old contract or the old deal between God and men, while the New Covenant is the new contract or the new deal between God and man. The Old Testament contains the Law of Moses, books of history, books of poetry, books of wisdom, and books of prophecy, many of which are fulfilled today in amazing detail. The New Testament contains the story of the earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the story of the early church in the book of Acts, letters written to various churches and church leaders, and a book of prophecy – Revelation.

All the books of the Bible, written over a period of around 1600 years, give a consistent picture of who God is, who we are, what God wants, and what we can expect depending on our choices in this life. The Bible reveals the story of how God has dealt with mankind, His chosen nation of Israel and His New Covenant people, the Church. The Bible speaks with the same authority and relevance today regarding who He is and what He is doing in our times. It speaks to us regarding what will happen in the future and how God will change everything.

The Bible is not just a book of rules and ancient history. It contains thousands of wonderful promises which are applicable to all who believe in all times. The challenge that faces mankind today is to know, understand and experience the wonderful things that God promises to do for those who believe. God’s promises in the Bible guarantee us more than enough for all our needs in every area. The only condition is to trust and obey God, and expect Him to do what He says He will do. If we don’t we are the losers.

If we know the New Testament or the New Contract well, and apply it intelligently to our lives, we will be blessed both now and in eternity. If we reject its warnings and disregard its promises we do so to our own hurt – both now and especially for eternity.

The Old Testament begins in the book of Genesis with an account of the creation of the world by God, and then continues with the story of the beginnings of human history. The rest of the Old Testament reveals mostly the history and the heart condition of the people of Israel in different periods before the coming of the promised Messiah.

The New Testament shows us the most important events of the life and work of Jesus the Messiah, how many Jewish people rejected their own Messiah and how from there God’s offer of salvation began to go out into all the world. It uncovers more of God’s promises and more information about our enemy, Satan, and how we can overcome his plans by trusting and obeying God.

THE MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE

The Bible tells us about God and how we can come back to Him. It shows us the character and ways of God, the person of God in Jesus Christ our Lord, who we are and how we ought to live. It tells us our origins, our identity and our destiny.

God loves you! For more information on the Nature and Character of God, click here.

THE PERSON OF THE BIBLE

The Central Person of the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ. Any understanding of the Bible which ignores Jesus has missed the point of the Bible (see John 5:39-40). The Scriptures point us to Jesus, the Word of God (Rev. 19:13), in whom we have life. The Pharisees and other religious people study the Bible but miss Jesus and thereby miss the purpose of it.

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  1. bobmanacop says:

    What Is The Bible ?
    First of all the word “bible” answers what it is itself by reading and understanding it. What will be discussed here are facts often neglected consciously or unconsciously so it is some thing worthy of attention. Misnaming it will not matter as long as the pure and sound doctrines are still there. 2Timothy 2:15 states: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We are commanded by God to study the word of truth, His word. To study is to read and understand with the help of the Holy Ghost, learning from teachers/preachers, they have read and understand also prior teaching. It is your only map to your salvation. Bible came from the Greek word ta biblia “the books” or latin word “biblia” is a misnomer for holy scripture. 2Tim 3:16-17 states: 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. The word “inspiration” here is not to be taken lightly, it is an empathic word for total or complete support, absolute will, and to bring out completely. God said as in Isaiah 55:11 “11So 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. From 2Timothy 2:15 the holy scripture can be said also as “word of truth”. It can be referred to as simply God’s word, it is not coincident the word “word” is Jesus Christ who is the central figure in the bible. For the purpose of our present time exposition as everyone has frequently heard of it we will use the word bible or the holy bible. 1Peter 2:2 states: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. The word sincere denotes purity that if something impure is added or something pure is subtracted from milk, it will be corrupted and/or devoid of nutrients, will then retard growth. Which means we should only heed to the sound doctrines and teachings of the uncorrupted bible for our growth to Christian maturity. How will you know that the bible is not adulterated, poisoned and corrupted? We are to test the spirit. Know that any truth laced with little error or lie is still unprofitable as what Corinthians 5:6 says: Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth (modifies or changes) the whole lump? The best bible known so far is the Authorized Version of 1611 or simply The King James Version because of the purity of spiritual value it conveys to anyone, no wonder it is being derided by some religious group as obsolete, etc.. However Hebrews 13:8 states: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. So there is no need to alter its contents. Why KJV ? Again for the simple reason from past histories Satan tried to destroyed it by burning, killed millions of people for simply possessing it by his cohorts but to no avail. God works in mysterious ways as Romans 11:33 says: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out ! ” So Satan devised meticulous ways to keep us blind from knowing the true doctrines of the bible by many corrupted bible versions which lead to confusion, for he is the author of confusion. Some other attempts were made like the insertion of Apocryphal books in KJV (through most elaborate process of blackmail) but was quickly recognized and rejected due to lacking in divine inspiration, no pure spiritual value for short. Failing to do it, Satan decided to do it outside the KJV bible by devising intricate fables and extra biblical revelations like the Urantia book, Marian apparitions, Fatima apparitions, the Book of Mormon, Koran to name a few from the much many more. The bible is so unique for it is the only book authored by God and given to mankind saying Jesus as the only way to salvation, that no intermediary is needed for He himself is the mediator and advocate found in John 14:6, Acts 4:11-12, 1Timothy 2:5 and many more. The bible is recorded in heaven as in Psalm 119:89 “For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” Also as in 1John 5:7-13 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (Teaching about Trinity) 8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. God has repeated so many times about His son to be your “only” salvation to give emphasis as the only one who can do it. Anyone other than Him obviously will be a lie. 1 Timothy 2:5 says ” 5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” this means exclusive and Him alone, no need of anyone’s help.
    The bible has 66 books. The old testament has 39 books, the new testament 27 books. There are no lost books in the bible. The bible is already completed. God authored the perfect bible, for God is perfect as what Psalm 18:30 says: As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. The bible is complete as supported by 2Timothy 3:16-17. Titus 1:1-3 states: 1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3But hath in due times manifested His word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour. Mankind and angels are mere creatures and God is the creator, then who are we to oppose His will? Remember to take it seriously the bible is sealed with warnings by God that whatever is added or subtracted from the bible which include direct erasures, omissions, and false extra divine revelations will be surely accounted for by anyone who did it directly or indirectly found in the following books: Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19. This book being sealed is confirmed in Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33. The bible has the old testament that contains the promise of the coming messiah as savior of the world (this is just one of the many verses in the bible) in Isaiah 7:14 says: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. The new testament is the fulfillment of that promise through the person of Jesus Christ (this is just one of the many verses in the bible) as what John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This is the bottom line for our salvation, the gospel about Jesus Christ. The gospel is the good news that God sent Jesus into the world for our salvation (for Jews and gentiles alike), but that salvation is only accessible to those who place their faith in Jesus Christ as God’s payment for their sin as in John 3:16. Jesus did it once and for all, no more repetition of sacrifices as in Hebrew 7:27. Faith in Jesus Christ means salvation not based on works, but rather trusting that what Jesus did was sufficient to secure our salvation as in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Let it be known the bible as in Galatians 1:8-9 reserves curse for those who would teach a different gospel. Teaching a different gospel practically includes violations of the warning of God about adding and subtracting from the word God and teaching all those additional divine revelations and made up words or ideas not found in the bible as the bible is complete itself already. There is no reason to tamper with the word of God. Those doing it or have done have absolute hardness of the heart of rejecting Jesus as your only Lord and Savior, and therefore given to Satan.
    The bible tells the history of early christians how it came to be, prophecies of past, present and future, facts hasn’t proven yet by science and many many more. Finally the bible is the most important book of your life for this is the only book authored by the true and living God as Jesus Christ, found in the following bible verses Hebrew 1:8, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew1:23, John 1:1, 1Tim 3:16, Colossians 2:8-9, John 20:28-29, Titus 2:13, Philippians 2:5-6, John 5:18, John 10:30, Colossians 1:16, many more…and Jesus sitting on the throne in heaven to be seen as God the Father, portrayed in Revelations 7: 9-16. Read it to know why are some doctrines taught by other religions are false and pure deceptions; extra biblical doctrines like confession to the priest, indulgences, rosary, purgatory, praying to Virgin Mary as co-redemtrix and many more are made up lies. Everything is clearly exposed by the bible!, that is why Satan and his cohorts don’t like this bible revealing their true identity. Ignorance is the best friend of deceptions which lead to the cascading effects of blinds leading the blinds as in Matthew 5:13-14 which says 13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. The word ditch represents “hell”. God commanded us to read the bible !!! Why again?, 2Peter 1:20-21 says 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For 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.
    Don’t wait until it is too late. You will know the truth and it will set you free, free from bondage, lies and wickedness found in John 8:31-32 31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Freedom comes hand in hand with more blessings from our God when we obey His will and commandments which made the United States the most powerful nation on earth. Lately it is sad to say the reverse thing is happening due to subtile introduction of so many corrupted versions of the bible, which is slowly but surely eroding us. Satan through his cohorts is behind to all this processes, as the author of utter and total destruction sending of billions of souls to hell. To God be the glory forever through Jesus Christ our only Lord and savior. Amen

    • lookinforacity says:

      Hi Bob

      What is the purpose of your re-posting this every few days?
      Is there something within your post you want a comment on that you haven’t received yet?

      Be Blessed
      JIM

      • bobmanacop says:

        Nothing just for little correction. Is there any violation on the web I did? Let me know.
        Be Thankful In Sharing Is What Needed
        Bob

  2. prabhu nadar says:

    hi…..bro..i really enjoy the way u preach the gospel…the way u teach it really brings interest to hear the word of god more……i can see the light upon u of jesus christ….so bro u are doing a great work of jesus christ and keep going on bro…and i stay at mumbai..so bro plz let me know wenever u come to mumbai……plz bro………..i hav attended 3 meetings of urs till today……………………plz bro even pray for me..m 22 yrs old……..thank u.

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