Some people believe that the revelation of God through His creation (nature) is enough. They don’t believe the Bible is God’s Word, and think it is unnecessary for knowing God.
It is true that creation practically shouts of the majesty and awesome power of God; it is true that nature shows how incredibly wise and infinitely creative God is. A literal translation of Psalm 19:1 from Hebrew says, “The heavens are actively engaged in declaring to their utmost the glory and handiwork of God.”
All of creation speaks of the worthiness of God. The Bible declares that the rocks and stones would worship Him if we did not! (See Luke 19:28-40.) That is how awesome and worthy He truly is!
But there is so much more to God than what nature or creation can show us.
What of His incredible love? His awesome Holiness? His marvelous Grace? His plan of Salvation for mankind?
Down through the ages, God has spoken through chosen men and women to make known His will. “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” (Heb 1:1,2 nkjv).
God’s greatest revelation of love was in the Person of Jesus Christ, the “Word made flesh”. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…” (Jn 1:1-14).
The Bible is the revelation of God Himself to mankind. But is it “the Word of God”? And what does that phrase really mean?
MORE THAN A BOOK
The name “Bible” comes from the Greek word biblios, which means “the book”.
But the Bible is more than just a book. Paul called it “the holy scriptures” (Rom 1:2), the “sacred writings” (2 Tim 3:15 RSV), and “the oracles of God” (Rom 3:2).
In many verses, the Bible is also called “The Scriptures”, meaning “holy writings” (Mt 22:29; Mk 12:24; Lk 24:27; Jn 5:39; Acts 17:11; Rom 1:2, and others).
The Bible is divided into two major sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The word “testament” was originally translated “covenant”. Both the Old Testament and New Testament represent a covenant that God made with His people.
There are 39 books in the Old Testament, and 27 books in the New Testament, for a total of 66 books in the Bible.
It is important to remember that the Old Testament Law, or Covenant, has now been superceded by the New “Covenant” (Testament) established by Christ (see Hebrews 8:6-10:18). The Old Covenant has not been cancelled out, but has been “overwritten” by the fulfillment of Christ’s work.
THE OLD TESTAMENT
Jesus said, “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me” (Luke 24:44).