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THE WORD OF GOD: God speaks to us through the Bible
A. Revelation – the Lord reveals Himself through His Word.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

1 Samuel 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.

1 Samuel 3:21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

B. Inspiration – the Lord had his Word spoken and written by his holy men (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21)
1. All Scripture is given by “inspiration of God”

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2. All Scripture is given by the “breath of God”.

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

Ezekiel 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Ezekiel 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

3. All Scripture is given by the “Spirit of God” (John 3:8; 2 Pet. 1:21)

John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

2 Peter 1:21 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.

4. All Scripture is given by the “mouth of God” (Mat. 4:4; 2 Pet. 1:21)

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

2 Peter 1:21 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.

C. Preservation – the Lord keeps and transmits His word pure from generation to generation, from place to place, from language to language (Psa. 12:6,7; Prov. 30:5,6)

Psalms 12:6 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.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

1. Old Testament was written in Hebrew (called the “Masoretic Text”)
2. The New Testament was written in Greek (“Received Text”)
a. The Bible was reproduced in copies.
b. The Bible was translated in different “versions” (Syrian, Latin, Coptic, etc.)
c. The Bible was quoted in the writings of the early church leaders or preachers.
d. The Bible was put in lectionaries for Scripture reading in churches.
3. The Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament were put together in one book in English. The Authorized (King James) Version 1611 is the seventh purification (Psa. 12:6,7) of the English Bibles based on the pure Received Text before it:
a. Tyndale Bible (1525)
b. Coverdale Bible (1535)
c. Matthew’s Bible (1537)
d. Great Bible (1539)
e. Geneva Bible (1560)
f. Bishop’s Bible (1568)

*Only the King James Bible truly follows the pure text. The modern versions follow a few corrupt manuscripts (2 Cor. 2:17)

D. Illumination – the Lord enlightens the mind of the believer by His Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1. Salvation – a person can understand the Scriptures if he is saved

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

2. Spirituality – a spiritual believer understands the Scripture more than a carnal Christian

1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

3. Service – a faithful servant of the Lord understands the Scripture more than the disobedient backslider.

Ephesians 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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