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The Bible is a Unique Book

Question: Does it say anywhere in the Bible that the Bible is the only book that is important?

Answer: There are other important and helpful books beside the Bible. Yet the Bible is a book in a category of its own. The Bible is inspired by God - that means that the human authors of the Bible (like Moses and Matthew) were led by the Holy Spirit to write down His Word accurately and without mistake. The Bible is God-breathed: it is the very Word of God. Other books are written by fallible men and women; but the Bible alone is the infallible, written Word of God. Can you see the crucial difference?

If you are seeking to know the way of salvation and how to please God, then there is no better place to go other than the Bible. Please read this passage carefully (2 Timothy 3:15-17):

From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Please note the twofold use of the Scriptures:

  1. The Bible can give you the knowledge you need to experience salvation. The Holy Scriptures 'are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.'

  2. The Bible is useful for doctrine and guidance. Whoever is led by the Scriptures is described as 'complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.' The Bible is therefore enough to show God's children how to live for His glory.

The Bible is a unique book; it contains the mind of God, reveals our sinful condition, the way of salvation, the doom of the unrepentant and the happiness of believers.  Its precepts and promises are true, guiding and comforting the faithful. Read it slowly, daily, prayerfully. Listen attentively to the preaching of the Word. Read good books that explain its meaning. Know, believe and obey the Bible because it is the voice of the Lord to you.

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