Oct 21, 2013

The Bible - a Holy Scripture

The word Bible comes from the Greek word "biblia" and means books. Our Bible contains 66 books written by approximately 40 authors over a time span of around 1,500 years. According to the Jewish Bible Canon, set in Jamnia in 90 AD, there are 39 books in the Old Testament. And according to church-meetings held at the end of the 4th century AD there are 27 books in the New Testament.

The word canon means measuring stick. The Bible has a holy red thread that runs through all the 66 books and describes God's wonderful salvation plan. The Creator saves His beloved humanity through the Jesus the Messiah. The Bible has an "organic unity" and is therefore a book and not just any compilation of books. It is a holy scripture because it is written by prophets, evangelists and apostels, all  inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul says:

All Scripture is God-breathed...
2 Tim 3:16a

The Greek word for "God-breathed" is theopnevstos. This word could also be translated filled by the Spirit of God... All books in the Bible are written by people filled by the Holy Spirit, therefore all books are inspired by the Holy Spirit and breathed through by God Himself.

The Bible is the Word of God, written by people, just like Jesus was God in a human body. The divine and humanity meet in the Bible just like in Jesus. The Word became flesh in Jesus and the Word will also become a reality when you read and take action. Study your Bible like a holy scripture and not just like any other book.

See ya!