Tim Cole: Cherish the Bible’s words

The Bible is the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. When we read the Bible, we don’t have to decide what is fish and what is bones. (That is good advice when reading any other book.) Eat the fish and throw the bones away.

The Word of God is breathed out of the very mouth of God Almighty. Believe it, receive it, enjoy it, allow it to deal with your heart, and assimilate it into your life. It is not a word from God, but The Word of God.

Most holy books were written by one man over a brief period. The Bible is made up of 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in three different languages, on three different continents. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline – the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme – God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message – salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.

The Bible covers it all. From the beginning to the end. From Genesis to Revelation. Some people will say, but there are books mentioned in the Bible that aren’t in the Bible. That is true in Old and New testaments. Those books don’t claim inspiration from Yahweh God and aren’t inspired. Some of those books are still around. Should we read those? You can, but make sure you read with the understanding there is fish to eat and bones to throw away.

Since the Bible is God’s Word and it is accurate spiritually and historically, doesn’t it make sense that if God wanted these books to be in the Bible, they would be? Men of old wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit.  It’s my opinion that if we take care of what God has put in the Bible for us, we will be doing good.

I know a brother who got out of the Bible and into extra-biblical materials. He has ended up in reincarnation and what amounts to New Age fantasy. Commentaries can be helpful, but even then, we need to remember the words in the Bible are inspired, but not the words in a commentary. They are very helpful when it comes to historical background. I read several commentaries on a verse or passage to get ideas. I also read different versions to get a better picture of what God is saying.  Then I pray listening to the Holy Spirit inside.

God told us in Proverbs to not lean to our own understanding, but in all our ways to acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. There are many voices that want to influence us. The only life-changing voice for good is the voice of God. Become a student of the Bible. Feed on God’s Word. It will become a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.