The Holy Scriptures

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BIBLIE. This word designates the collection of Scriptures of the Old and New Testament that are recognized and used by the Christian churches who follow the religion of Jesus Christ.

The word Bible is not found in the English versions of Scriptures. It is the equivalent of the Greek word biblia, meaning books. The phrase, "ta biblia" meaning "the books" occurs in Dan. 9:2 of the Septuagint for the prophetic writings. This usage, for the Old Testament, passed into the Christian Church, and in time it was extended to the whole of the Old and New Testament . About the thirteenth century, by common usage, the term was changed from the plural to the singular--The Book.

Other names of the Bible are: the Scripture (Mark 15:28; John 7:38; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17); the Scriptures (Luke 24:28, 32; John 5:39; Acts 17:11); the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 1:2; 2 Tim. 3:15); the Promises (Rom. 9:4, 5; 15:8); the Oracles of God (Rom. 3:2; Heb. 5:12; 1 Pet. 4:11); the lively (living) Oracles (Acts 7:38); the law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms (Luke 24:25, 44); the law of the Lord (Ps. 1:2); the law of the Prophets (Matt. 5:17;11:13; Acts 13:15); the Book of the Lord (Isa. 34:16); the Word of the God (Mark 7:13; Rom. 10:17; Heb. 4:12); the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17); the Old and New Testament (Luke 22:20; 2 Cor. 3:6-15; Heb. 9:15); the Word of Christ (Col. 3:16); the Word of Life (Phil. 2:16); the Scriptures of Truth (Dan. 10:21); the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15); and the Gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16).

The word "testament" means a document disclosing the will of a person, a contract, agreement, or a covenant between two contracting parties. All these meanings will become more clearer, the more one studies the Bible. by the end of the second century, the Old and New Testament became permanent names for the Jewish and Christian Scriptures.

The Old Testament is largely a record of God's dealings with the Hebrew people and the revelations of His will to them and through them to the whole race, whereby He binds Himself to take into new and special relationship all who obey His will. The New Testament is largely the fulfillment and enlargement of the Old Testament and gives the record of the promises, agreements, or compacts between God and man, showing the privileges, blessings, and requirements of the gospel through Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world.

"a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).
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What The Bible Is Not

The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish, or a thing that will work wonders by its very presence without any voluntary agency. The Bible does not claim to be any such thing. It does claim that if one will study and practice it that it will work wonders in the life now and hereafter. It will not benefit a man by its presence any more then a spring of cool water to a thirsty man in the desert will benefit him if he refuses to drink.

The Bible is not a book of chronological events or one unbroken series of divine utterances. It was given piecemeal, here a little and there a little, to many men through eighteen or more centuries (Isa. 28:9-11). In spite of this it forms a prefect unity.

The Bible is not a book of heavenly utterances in supernatural language. It is God's revelation in the most simple human language possible.

The Bible is not a book of mysteries. It explains its so-called mysteries and it is self-interpreting, so that no mystery remains in it.

The Bible is not a book that says one thing and means another. It has generally only one simple meaning. If a few passages have a double meaning , that is quite clear from the passage itself or from parallel passages. One cannot, as is commonly believed, get a thousand different meanings from any one passage.

The Bible is not a specimen of God's skill as a writer or logician. It is a book written by men whom God used to record His revelation. God used the men by giving them freedom of expression to use their own language and ways of expressing truth. The writers were God's penmen, and not God's pens. All that inspiration guarantees is unity of thought, not the sameness of words and expressions.
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