For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Bible is not like any other book: it breathes, sings, and weeps; it is alive in the power that it possesses. Whether penned by the Apostles, spoken by the mouth of Jesus, or recorded on scrolls by the Old Testament prophets, God calls these inspired utterances the Word of God. The Word of God is absolute perfection; though the Scriptures were written by men, the words were inspired by God and declared completely infallible.
The Bible also speaks of God’s wonderful character. Jesus is called the Word of God in John 1:1-3; this comparison links together the character of Jesus and the character of the Bible.
Both Jesus Christ in His humanity and the Bible have come from God. They both live for eternity, absolutely unchanging lights for dark places. They bear elements of humanity and are given authority by God.
• How have you experienced the reality that the Bible is not like any other book? How has this affected your daily life?
• Jesus (in His humanity) and the Bible have come from God and exhibit His perfect and unchanging character. How does this inspire your faith in both Jesus and the Bible?
The fact that the Bible is the living Word of God should change the way we view and interact with it. Write down the habits you need to cultivate daily around the Word of God, such as “follow a reading plan,” or “memorize a Proverb a day.” What about an area that you’re familiar with in the Bible but you’re not being obedient to?
Let the Holy Spirit guide your thinking on this.