Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)
II Timothy 3:16,17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NIV).
1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (NIV)
1 Cor 14:37 If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.
The Bible Is. . .
- the most sold book in the world.
- the most read, studied, and memorized book in the world.
- the most published book in the world (1,500 languages).
- the most quoted book in the world.
- the most influential book in the world.
- the most inspiring book in the world.
- the most accurate book in the world.
- the most unstoppable, indestructible book in the world.
- the most unique book in the world.
- the most interesting book in the world.
- the most important book in the world.
How is the Bible Divided
2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV)
The Bible is a library of 66 individual books written by 40 different men over a period of 1,500 years. This library is separated into two major divisions: The Old Testament and the New Testament. Each division contains four sections.
The Old Testament
. . . contains four sections: The Law, History, Poetry, Prophets, a total of 39 books.
|The Law covers the history of the Jews from Creation until the death of Moses. 1450 BC. It was written by Moses. Included in this section are the stories about: Adam & Eve, Noah and the flood, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, The 10 Plagues, The 10 Commandments, and Dividing the Read Sea|
|I Kings||II Kings||I
|History describes the history of Israel from Joshua through the Kings through Captivity to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. It covers the period of 1450 to 440 BC. Included in this section are the stories about: Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, Samson and Delialah, David and Goliath, Solomon’s wisdom, Elijah and Jezabel, and Queen Esther|
|Job||Psalms||Proverbs||Ecclesiastics||Song of Solomon|
|Poetry includes the ancient writings of Job 1500 BC, David 1000 BC and Solomon 950 BC. Included are the subjects concerning: Suffering of Job, Psalms 23, wise quotes, purpose of life, beauty of love.|
|Prophecy: Major Prophets were written by four men from 750 to 550 BC. This section contains: Sermons of the Prophets, Daniel in the Lions Den, and predictions about the coming Messiah.|
|Minor prophets were written by various prophets from 800 to 400 BC. This section contains the story of Jonah and the wheal.|
OLD TESTAMENT/COVENANT/WILL – NEW TESTAMENT/COVENANT/WILL
Between God and the Nation of Israel Between God and All Mankind
Heb 8:13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
Heb 9:15-17 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
The New Testament
. contains four sections: Gospels, History, Letters (Epistles), Prophecy, a total of 27 books.
|The Gospels (“Good News”) are about the life of Jesus 4 BC to AD 30 and were written by four men to four audiences from AD 45 to 70.|
|The History book is called “Acts,” describing the activities of the church. AD 30 to 63; written by Luke in AD 63.|
|LETTERS FROM PAUL|
|Romans||I Cor.||II Cor.||Gal.||Eph.||Phil.||Col.|
|I Thess.||II Thess.||I Tim.||II Tim.||Titus||Philem.||Hebrews|
|The Epistles or Letters were written from leaders to churches or individuals from AD 55 to 65.The first fourteen were written by the apostle Paul.|
|LETTERS FROM OTHERS|
|James||I Peter||II Peter||I John||II John||III John||Jude|
|James, Peter, John, and Jude wrote the other letters in the New Testament. There was a total of 8 writers of the New Testament.|
|The Prophecy book is a revelation of Jesus to the disciple John depicting primarily the future; written in AD 95.|
How to Interpret the Bible
The main rule: Let the Bible interpret the Bible ! ! ! ! !
II Peter 1:20,21 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (NASV)
When the plain sense makes common sense, seek no other sense.
1 Th 2:13 And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. (NASV)
VARIOUS THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BIBLE
WE WILL BE JUDGED BY THE BIBLE
John 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. (NASV)
Rev 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
WE ARE NOT TO ADD OR SUBTRACT FROM THE BIBLE
Rev 22:18-19 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (NIV)
Deu 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
DOING OR ACTING ON GOD’S WORD WILL SET YOU FREE
John 8:31,32 Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
James 1:22-25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
NOBLE-MINDED PEOPLE LEARN AND STUDY THE BIBLE
Acts 17:10-12 And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea; and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.
Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
ASSIGNMENT: Memorize the Books of the Bible in order and their different divisions.