B.I.B.L.E.

The word “Bible” means “book” i.e, document, bill or sheet, in Heb. 10:7, It is unique to Jesus as God’s sole & supreme supplier of His truths.

B—Buy a Bible (Proverbs 23:23). The Bible is readily available to all! The Bible is the best selling book of all time. The Bible is the most translated book in the world. There are more than 4,500 languages in the world today. The United Bible Society announced in December 2007, the complete Bible was available in 438 languages, 123 of which included the Old Testament and New Testament. The New Testament (NT) was available in an additional 1,168 languages, that leaves the work of making at least 3,300 NT translations still to be done as of 2007. The Intl. ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators announced Vision 2025—a project that intends to commence Bible translation in every remaining language community by 2025. They currently estimate that around 209 million people, representing 2.95% of the world’s population, speak 1,100 languages where translation work still needs to begin. In Mexico alone, there are over 40 languages and only about 14 have a translation. Everyone needs a Bible for it alone tells the plan of salvation! Here in the USA, can you understand Hopi, or can a Navajo understand the Chippewa? How much is the Bible worth to you, in view of Philippians 3:8, it should be worth every penny and more of what you have invested in it in the past, because it helps us grow into the future to become a better Christian. Christians should buy one for someone else, or invest in the work of translation.

I—Investigate the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15). Knowledge is power and Biblical knowledge is eternal power. Cf. 2 Peter 1:3-9. If we store up what we investigate, we will help eliminate sin, Psalm 119:11. If we do not investigate then ignorance alienates us from God, but knowledge & grace help us grow, 2 Pet. 3:18.

B—Believe the Bible (Romans 10:17). “Trust what you read and obey what you trust,” We cannot believe God and refuse His word (John 3:4,5). The Bible is living, active and sharper than any double-edged sword, Heb. 4;12. Therefore God uses it’s message to change us and empower us to do what is right. Faith is the victory, 1st John 5:4.

L—Love the Bible, Psalm 119:97. King David loved the Law more than anything! We should give God’s Law our attention & affectionate care, Psalm 119:97/ It can keep you from sin, and sin and keep you from the Bible. Love the message, but most of all love the Author, if we do not love the Author, we are not wholly accepting His message. We cannot love God and reject it (1 John 5:3). Love is a great motivator for learning & living God’s truths, Eph. 4:15. The Holy Spirit loves us, Romans 15:30, we should love the message he wrote, maintains & uses.

E—Exemplify the Bible (1 Timothy 4:12). The is the guide for our life in faith and practice, Psalm 19:14. We often ask, “Can Jesus be seen in me?” The Bible is our guide for living (Ps. 119:105); it is called a “light.” Can God’s Word be seen in my actions to enlighten others?

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