The Bible


The Bible is made up of 66 books, all beautifully linked together. Although written by many people over a period of about 1200 years, there is but one author. The Bible is the word of God. God's message was given directly through His prophets and writers in the Bible and all the books reflect the same message - God's plan for the world through Jesus Christ.


The earliest civilisations were centred on the Middle East and here God spoke through His angels to such men as Adam, Noah and Abraham. Here, too, God spoke through some of His chosen prophets - David, Samuel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.

The Bible is mainly about God's dealings with people in this part of the world. The land of Israel is God's chosen land and is the centre for all His plans for the world. Here, His son Jesus Christ was born - the man through whom we can all share in God's wonderful plans.

The Old Testament contains the first 39 books of the Bible. Here we can read of the creation of the world, early man, God's choice of Israel as His people, His promises of life to all those who believe and of the future birth of His son.

The New Testament contains 27 books and includes accounts of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus; the early church; the preaching of the apostles; the letters of Paul, Peter, James, John and Jude; and the instructions for living as a follower (disciple) of Jesus. The New Testament also contains prophecies of the return of Jesus and the future Kingdom of God.

The Bible contains the priceless promise of everlasting life. It is inspired by God and so contains the words of God - not the words of man (1 Peter 1:21). God's prophets often had to speak words they did not want to (Jeremiah 20:9) but always the message from God was "thus says the LORD". When it was necessary for the writers of the Bible to remember events or to write about them, God made sure that the details were correct. Jesus promised the apostles that the Holy Spirit (God's Power) would bring all things to remembrance after he had left them (John 14:26). So they were able to write true accounts of what Jesus had said and done.

Over the centuries, men have often tried to get rid of God's message, but God's word is indestructible and is still with us today.

 

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Books of the Bible

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