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Bible Study 1b


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1.   The Bible differs from all other books in the following ways:-
  1. In Its Claims.
    • 2 Tim. 3:16.
    • Dr. James H. Brooks estimates that the phrase "Thus saith the Lord," or its equivalent, is used in the Old Testament 2,000 times. Doing a search on a Bible computer program it was found that the phrase "Thus saith the Lord" was used 430 times, "God said" 476 times, and "the Lord said" 990 time in the Old Testament.

  2. In Its Authorship.
    • John 14:29.
    • Did you know that the Bible is the most fascinating Book to be found on earth? Unerringly it has foretold the destiny of people, the future of cities, and of the world's greatest nations. This Book has foreseen the future with such amazing accuracy that it astounds even the most sceptical reader.
    • Few people realize that the Bible is really a library containing sixty-six books - thirty-nine in the Old Testament, written before Christ came to this earth. Some of these books are small, and some are large. Your Bible took sixteen hundred years to compile - from 1500 BC to AD 100 - and was written by some thirty-five authors. How could these different men, living in different times of earth's history, write in absolute harmony one with the other? Such harmony exists that their message agree in the most minute detail. There can be but one logical explanation. Each man was told what he should write. This is exactly what your Bible says did happen, and you can prove this for yourself in just a moment.
    • God who inspired the writing of the Bible puts Himself on trial when He throws out this challenge: "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe." John 14:29. Could God be fairer than this? The word "Bible" means "the Book," and what a wonderful Book it is. As you study this lesson, you will marvel at God's foreknowledge, and you will understand why this amazing Book is still the world's best-seller. You will gain a new confidence as you see for yourself that there is an almighty God who is guiding this universe, this world, and you.

  3. In Its Standards.
    • The Bible standard of life and morals is inestimably superior to that of any other systems. Not only does it present us with a perfect moral code (Rom. 7: 12), but it also presents us with a perfect life as our example. (1 Peter 2: 21, 22.) No other book has ever been able to do this.

  4. In Its Power.
    • Ps. 33:6, 9. He commanded and it stood fast.
    • Luke. 4:32. His word was with power.

2.   This remarkable uniqueness of the Bible is accounted for by the fact of its inspiration. It came from God.
  • 2 Tim. 3:16. All Scripture is inspired.
  • John 10:35. Christ regarded the Scripture as a divine whole, not as merely partially inspired.
  • "Inspiration." The word comes from two Greek words, theos (God), and pnein (to breathe). Therefore Scripture is a God-breathed word. That is, it is as much the word of God as though God had spoken it with His own breath.
  • 2 Peter 1:20, 21. Holy men spoke "as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." The Spirit urged, moved, actuated, influenced, guided men to write every word just as God intended it should be written.
  • 2 Sam. 23:2. David an illustration of inspiration.
  • T.5. page 747 para. 1. A wonderful union of divinity and humanity.

3.   Inspiration of the Bible is not a theory but a fact. A realization of this fact will have a vast influence upon our attitude towards the Bible, and consequently upon our lives.
  • 1 Thess. 2:13. We shall receive the Bible not as a human book, "but as it is in truth, the Word of God."
  • 2 Tim. 3:15. The special wisdom which it imparts.
  • 2 Tim. 3:16, 17. The uses of Scripture.
  • Ps. 119:11. Able to keep us from sin.
  • Jer. 15:16. Jeremiah's experience.
  • Job 23:12. Job's estimation.

Questions on the Lesson

  1. How does the Bible differ from other books?
  2. What sort of moral code does the Bible offer?
  3. In what way does the Bible show the power of its author?
  4. How much of the Bible is God's Word?
  5. How did men of God in the past understand what to write?
  6. In what way are we to accept the Bible?


  • 2 Tim. 3:16, 17.
  • G.C. page vii. "The Holy Scriptures are to be accepted as an authoritative, infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the revealer of doctrines, the test of experience."

For Further Study

  1. Write the difference between the expressions, "The Bible is the Word of God" and "The Bible contains the Word of God."
  2. Copy T.6. page 393 para. 3.
  3. Can we depend upon the actual words of Scripture? Isa. 1:2; Jer. 1:7, 9; Eze. 2:7; 3:4; Mark 12:36; Luke 1:70.
  4. Give an example of the transforming power of the Bible.

© S. D. Goeldner, November, 2011. Last updated Aril, 2019.

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