2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” NASU
2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed…” NASU
I would encourage you to pick up your Bible right now. I am not concerned with the translation, at the moment, but want you to hold that Bible up in front of you and look at it. Do you realize what you hold in your hands? You are holding a miracle book and there is no other book in the world like it. Three things distinguish this book from all other books in the world. Those same three things defend and protect it for ordinariness.
- THE MIRACLE OF INSPIRATION.
The work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and minds of human instruments which made their writings a record of Divine Revelation makes it amazing! The Book that you hold is ‘God-breathed’. In that book, we find the ‘Mind of God’, the ‘Way of Salvation’, the ‘Revealed Plan of God’ for man for time and eternity, and the ‘Way of the Kingdom Living and Victory.’ That is why we must allow it to be our true source and guide!
- THE MIRACLE OF PRESERVATION.
The work of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts, minds, and hands of the Scripture translators, as well as upon the Scripture text itself, which guaranteed the perpetuation and protection of the original message of the Bible makes it amazing! It has survived the perils of translation and retranslation in changing times and cultures. The same Holy Spirit who breathed the original message to the first writers has been present to protect this word through the ages. This work of the Holy Spirit has been so amazing and powerful that the Bible has retained its impact and intent through hundreds of perilous years of translation. I fully believe that God did not leave the care of His word to men alone. This Book is Divine in its continuation. It has weathered the attacks of men, withstood the assault of the devil, won over the ravages of religions, and has stood the severest test of all – – TIME! It is still powerful today!
- THERE IS THE MIRACLE OF ILLUMINATION.
The work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart, mind, and life of the preacher, teacher, and student of the Word of God which discloses the inner meaning of the message of the Bible makes it amazing! This is no small miracle! The same Holy Spirit who breathed the Word into the hearts of the writers has presided over its perpetuation and now moves upon the hearts of men as it impacts their lives. This book is Divine in its communication. In it is found the ‘Mind of God’, the ‘Plan of God’, the ‘Wisdom of God’, and the ‘Precepts’ and ‘Principles’ of God for Kingdom Living and Victory!
In your hand, that Bible you hold is the physical, tangible, visible proof of miracles! You are holding a miracle in your hand! God has promised in Jeremiah 1:12 to hasten to His word to perform it or as one translation declares “I am watching over my word…” In this Book, we find the unveiling of the Plan of God for man. 1 John 2:17 – “And the world is passing away with its desires; but he that does the will of God abides forever.” Hallelujah! This book works every day in all times of crisis, and in our lives. It works everywhere and for everyone! It is a miracle because it is GOD’S WORD!
May God be with you as you go through your day!