What Does the Bible Say About Itself?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series What Does the Bible Say...

What does the Bible have to say about itself? What does the Bible call itself inside it’s pages? Who wrote the Bible? What are the divisions of the Bible? These are some of the many questions I will be answering today.

According to the Bible, the Bible is called the Holy Scriptures (found in 2 Timothy 3:15) or just the Scriptures (found in John 5:39). The word of God is the spoken word of the Lord, and not the written accounts of how God has interacted with His people over the centuries. This is an important distinction that we should remember. Our word Bible comes from the Greek Biblion which means “book” and it is the book of the church, however, it is never referred to as such inside the pages of the Scriptures.

By the time of Jesus, the Old Testament was pretty much accepted the way we have it today. Jesus often referred to the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament as the “Law and Prophets”, even though it also included books of history and poetry.

The New Testament was not finalized until the Council of Rome in 382 AD (though other denominations took less or more time to accept the books) and multiple factors were used to decide which writings were to be accepted and which were to be rejected from the Scriptures. It has the following divisions: The Gospels, History of the Church, Letters of Paul, Letters of Others, and Prophecy. Altogether there are twenty-seven books of the New Testament.

The writers of the Bible were men who were moved (or God-breathed) by the Holy Spirit to write what they did (Hebrews 1:1-2 and 2 Timothy 3:16). God protected the Scriptures from false doctrine and error, but did not dictate every single word in the Bible. Some of the material was already written (the genealogies of Jesus in the books of Matthew and Luke) and some was edited (Proverbs of Solomon by the men of Hezekiah according to Proverbs 25:1). There are also differing accounts of the same episode, like what was written on the sign above Christ’s head on the cross.

The Holy Scriptures are useful for the following according to Second Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Later in the fourth chapter of the same letter, Paul encourages Timothy (and us today) to “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.” Clearly the Scriptures are not out-dated today even though many may say they are. They may be out of season but they are still the written account of what God has done and said and His instructions to live a life worthy of our calling.

In concluding this lesson, let us remember the key fact that the Scriptures are just as valid today as they were when they were first written. May we learn more about our God and the plans He has for our lives today.

If you can’t say nothing polite…

If you can’t write anything polite in the comments here or on YouTube, don’t bother writing anything at all. I will just mark your comment as spam and drop it and no one else will ever read it. You may post what you like on Facebook or Twitter about me, but if I see it, I will block your account and then post my side of the story.

I’m actively searching for work at the moment and will admit I am a former addict to porn. I know that this addiction will haunt me the rest of my days and that I will need to fight it every single day. The fact that I haven’t given up and said that I can’t win and am relying on the strength that my Saviour provides me is proof of my dedication to my faith and the living of a Christian life. I am not a scammer (like a guy claimed on Facebook in response to a review of mine to the church I am a member of and attend regularly) but a true born-again believer who struggles in some areas of his walk with God.

I’ve come to some realizations about my life…

I’ve come to some realizations about my life. They are:

  • God wants obedience from me in every aspect of my life. I might seem good – by going to church every Sunday and volunteering there – but God also wants obedience in my private life.
  • I don’t know if God wants me to run a Christian social network for a business. I’m going to have to pray about this and see where the Lord leads in this area of my life.
  • I need to keep active and when not playing games, I need to keep my Christian music playing on my computer. This will help me focus more on obedience to what God wants and less on things He doesn’t want in my life.
  • I’ve got a nice library here but if I don’t use it, it just goes to waste. Same for my art supplies and the other stuff I don’t use on a more regular basis like my gaming consoles.

This is a lot to take in and I really need to think about where my life is heading and where I need to make it go in the future. I also need to study the Bible more and maybe look for more Christian books to read instead of the fan fiction crap that I’ve read on my breaks at work and at home. Now I need to go take my shower and get ready to do today’s live stream on my YouTube channel. 😉

See ya all later and may the Lord bless and keep you all! 😀

I will be live streaming to YouTube three days a week…

I will be live streaming to YouTube three days a week from now on as my schedule. Those days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (today, what an interesting development 😉 ) and on the days I work in the afternoon I will be streaming until noon, and on the days I am off, I will be streaming as long as I want to. Occasionally I will be streaming on Saturdays when I feel like it as well, but it isn’t part of the official schedule. 😉 If you want to know when the next stream is, join my Discord server and you will get a notification when I go live.