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What is the Bible?
The bible, also known as biblia in Greek, is a collection of books written by different authors. These authors received inspiration from the Holy Spirit to write the books so the message of the bible is from God. The bible is God’s message to us.
The Bible can be divided into two parts including the Old Testament and New Testament. The Old Testament is a collection of 39 books.
The Old Testament can be divided into the pentateuch, historical books, poetic books, major prophets and minor prophets.
The Pentateuch, means fibe books, includes the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
The Historical Books includes the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
The poetic books, also called Wisdom Books, includes the books of Jobs, Psalms, Proverbs, Eccelesiastes and Lamentations.
The Major Prophetic Books includes the books written by major prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.
The Minor Prophetic Books includes the books written by minor prophets such as Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, MIcah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai and Zechariah.
The New Testament is a collection of 27 books. The New Testament can be divided into 4 groups incuding gospels and Acts, the letters of Paul, other letters and Revelation. Gospels and Acts refer to the 4 gospel books including Matthew, Mark, Luke and John along with the Book of Acts. Gospel, means good news, as it tells the good news of the reincarnation of Jesus Christ to bring salvation to the people who believe in him.
The letters of Paul comprises of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon.
Other letters comprises of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude. The author of Hebrews is not known but other letters’ authors are made known in the titles of the books.
Revelation is a book about the visions and prophecies of the end times to the apostle John on the Island of Patmos.
Why Read and Study the Bible?
Reading the bible can improve our relationship with God. When you know God’s words more, you will know God more. The bible has many promises which can be applied to everyday life.
Whenever you need encouragement, you can look up for God’s promises in the bible. God’s promises are real and it will happen if you believe in him. It is impossible to please God without having faith in him. Faith helps to get our prayer to God’s throne. God’s promises may take a long time to fulfill but it will happen. We must always be patient in praying for the things we want.
It is important to read the bible regularly. We should not just bring the bible to the church every Sunday. When you read the bible, you should understand the moral of the story also. You must ask yourself what is God’s message in the story of the bible. You can reference the commentary when reading the bible. This will help you to understand the bible thoroughly. When you know the bible, you can teach it to others and evangelize them.
A Christian who don’t read the bible will find that they have few knowledge of God’s words. If you don’t know God’s words, you will be spiritually empty and this can give the devil a chance to attack you. The devil is always looking for Christians who are weak, vulnerable and not alert to attack. If you want to be a strong Christian, you must be equipped yourself with the word of God. This also prevent you from being easily led astray by other people’s preachings. You will be able to discern whether the preacher’s teaching is from and not from God.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105 KJV)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV)
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8 KJV)
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4 KJV)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2 KJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (Ephesians 4:14 KJV)
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19 KJV)