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Tropical_Man 68M
6573 posts
12/4/2007 3:58 am
What is the Bible?

It is the infallible word of God written to man through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

There is no denying that. But it also is composed of History. Every word has its place, but also the proper perspective is to understand that some of it is useful for Chronological purposes.

Example: Who begat who in the Old Testament is there for a purpose of the History so that the dots can be conected and understood. But are you going to receive much from reading who begat whoom? Not really but it does have its purpose.

The Old Covenant Law. Does it have a purpose? Well, those in the world that have not received Christ are still under that covenant, because once they receive Christ, they are no longer under that Law, because God writes moral law on the hearts of born again believers. (Jer 31:31-34)

But even though the old covenant is totally dead to born again believers (Heb 8:13), it still is a part of the history of God's relationship to man.

That Old Covenant History only included the Jewish nation. Gentiles were not included in the relationship with God. It is important to understand this when you read Old Testament. It is filled with laws that were never given to the gentiles. Paul made a big deal about this in Galatians.

In the New Testament, the New Covenant that we have does not begin until after Jesus gives atonement. Many think that it begins in Matthew chapter one. But it does not. Only after he was crucified. If it just began because he was walking the earth, then he would not have needed to give his life.

The epistles written to the churches were written to the churches to address issues and help solve problems regarding maturization. They were also showing what was going on. But to think that Paul knew that his writings was going to be part of a book used as the Christians handbook is a far stretch. It was written for the edification and correction of the churches that he was overseeing.

That is what is so dangerous about just opening the bible and the first thing we read, we think it is for us, or to think that everything is divulged right at us. Understanding the circumstances and the meanings to whoom it was written is important.

Here in the United states in 1900 only 9% of the country could read at that time.If you went back 300 years before that, what do you think that the percentage of the world was that could read, and how many bibles were available?

God has always wanted intimacy with his people. Much of the bible was not put together for hundreds of years after the writings were written.

Yes, annointed writings. But also written for those people and of which we can glean from.

Could you have a wonderful relationship with God if you had no bible to read? Many people over the centuries have had that relationship with the Father, despite not having text to read or the ability to read.

The same Holy Spirit that wrote the scriptures through men to other men; resides in all born again believers.

This is not to down play the word of God in any way. But the Bible is broken down into things such as a dead covenant, and it now is finished with a final covenant of Christ that is for all mankind and not predetermined as to who will be saved.