“1 In the beginning was the Bible, and the Bible was with God, and the Bible was God.
2 The Bible was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through the Bible, and without the Bible nothing was made that was made.
4 In the Bible was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light, the Bible, shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Bible, that all through him might believe.
8 He was not that Bible, but was sent to bear witness of that Bible.
9 That was the true Bible which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 The Bible was in the world, and the world was made through the Bible, and the world did not know the Bible.
11 The Bible came to the Bible’s own, and the Bible’s own did not receive the Bible.
12 But as many as received the Bible, to them the Bible gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in the Bible’s name:
13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Bible became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld the Bible’s glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bore witness of the Bible and cried out, saying, “This was the Bible of whom I said, ‘the Bible who comes after me is preferred before me, for the Bible was before me.’”
16 And of the Bible’s fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through the Bible.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten book, who is in the bosom of the Father, the Bible has declared Him.”
John 1:1-18 if you believe the Bible is The Word of God.
The Bible is NOT the Word of God.
Jesus is the Word of God.
The Bible is a book.
It’s not any old book though
The Bible is a record of what God has said, what God has done and what God will do.
It is to be used by Christians for teaching, instruction, guidance, and a whole host of other things.
The Bible is NOT “just a book”, it is God breathed and through the Holy Spirit it can become a living and active word in your life.
God can speak powerfully through the Bible and often uses the Bible to teach us and speak to us more than any other method!
However it’s important that we know that without a relationship with the Holy Spirit it will be “just a book” to people.
Without the Spirit at best it’s a good book about some great morals. At worst it’s extremely confusing, will put most off God and lets face it can be used to condone some terrible things!
To reiterate, the Bible is NOT the Word of God. That title is reserved for Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah.
The Bible could be called the “word of God” if we must (emphasis on the lower case “w”). However that just seems confusing so let’s just call it the Bible or the scriptures and let’s leave Jesus to be the Word of God in our lives.
We need to put the Bible in it’s rightful place.
It is an essential tool that God has given us and our authoritative source for confirming what we feel He is saying in our lives.
But it is not to be treated with a reverent fear or to be worshiped.
If you spill coffee on your Bible, you should get through the day without getting hit by a lightening bolt.
If God talks to you and it wasn’t through the Bible that’s great! He managed to do it in the early church no problem!
I love the Bible – but let’s not confuse it with God.