GOD’S DIVINE LIBRARY
11Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” See also 1 Peter 1:10-12, 15, 11 Peter 1:21; Hebrews 4:12; Exodus 4:15 and Revelation 22:19.
As we approach our Bible we constantly refer to all of the miracles found in its pages. Yet, we fail to be reminded that the Bible in itself is also a miracle. Everything about the Bible is supernatural and in spite of all the negative and destructive criticism that has been cast against the Word of God it continues its body of truth to rich and poor, young and old and educated and uneducated. How many millions of times daily do the people of many languages reach for the Book of ages from the Divine Library?
Just a few of the things that help us point to this Divine Library and to realize and rejoice in its truths.
THE MIRACLE OF ITS INSPIRATION…The apostle Peter tells us holy men were moved of the Holy Spirit to give to us the Scriptures. We do not know exactly how that God did this through the lives and testimonies of the prophets of old but we are convinced that God used these writers to relate to us the inspired Word of God.
THE MIRACLE OF ITS ANTIQUITY…This sacred volume, which took some 1500 years to complete, has been in existence in its completed form almost two thousand years. Are there any books in the world over 1000 years old read by people today? It is believed of the 50,000 books written over 300 years ago that only 59 have been reprinted yet century after century the Word of goes forward in many languages.
THE MIRACLE OF ITS HARMONY…The unity, making the 66 books of the Bible one book, is another striking evidence of its supernatural creation. Though written over 1500 years by some 40 writers its 66 books agree. There are 333 prophecies in the Old Testament about Jesus Christ.
THE MIRACLE OF PREPERATION AND PRESERVATION…How all the books of the Bible came to be chosen and formed into the present canon is beyond our comprehension however we are convinced that it was the working of the Holy Spirit. We could fill volumes with the divine preservation of the Bible through the centuries. Nothing men have done has been sufficient to destroy this Divine Library. All efforts to exterminate it have failed. Now it is universally read.
THE MIRACLE OF ITS ABIDING POWER…No other books has influenced men and nations like the Bible. Miraculous in its working, it produces miracles in the hearts and lives of those who believe it. We try but are unable to determine how this wonderful and abiding power is so alive and active.
THE MIRACLE OF ITS CIRCULATION…Just over 400 years the King James English Bible came off the press. It remains year after year the world’s “best seller”. Even though the Bible is many more years older no other book has “touched the helm of its garment”. It has been translated into well over 1000 languages and sells millions and millions of copies annually.
I still remember hearing an older preachers standing in the pulpit embracing a larger Bible and exclaiming to the congregation, “Book of ages, I love thy pages.”