Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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God's Amazing Word

            Have you ever stopped and considered just how amazing the Bible really is? Have you ever wondered how so many different writers from so many different periods of time penned writings that tell one story and are in such perfect agreement? Here are a couple of things to consider when thinking of how amazing the word of God really is.

            1) The Bible consists of 66 books which are divided into 2 major sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The writings span hundreds of years and about 40 different men wrote the words contained in the Bible and yet the Bible tells one story and the writings are in perfect agreement (they do not contradict one another). In Genesis 12:1-3 God makes the following promise to Abraham, "Now the Lord had said to Abram: 'Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. (2) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you, And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed'." The theme of the Bible is the unfolding of this promise, the story of how God would bless all men through His Son, Jesus Christ. This was a promise that would be fulfilled many years later. Notice what Peter preached to the people gathered at the temple in Acts 3:18, "But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled." Notice what he tells them in verse 25-26, "You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' (26) To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." That, my friends, is the story of the Bible. The unfolding of God's love and mercy on all men. The salvation offered to all through His Son, Jesus Christ. Isn't it amazing how so many men from so many different periods of time could all tell one story and be in perfect agreement. That brings us to the final point we want to look at in considering how awesome the word of God really is.

            (2) In understanding how so many different men told one story in perfect harmony, we must understand that although many men wrote down the words that make up the Bible, each one wrote only as God's Spirit directed them. Look at 2 Peter 1:21, "for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." We must understand that the words in the Bible are not mans ideas or thoughts, but they came directly from God, given to men by the Holy Spirit. Look at 1 Cor. 2:10-13 "But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (11) For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (13) These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual." And that is exactly what the apostles taught, those things revealed to them by the Holy Spirit, and we have those things recorded for us today. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God....". This is how the writers of the Bible could be in perfect agreement, because although they wrote down the words, they all wrote by the inspiration and direction from God through the Holy Spirit. The unity of the Bible is undeniable and reveals that it came from one mind, the mind of the almighty God.

- Garrett Alsip