by Richard Mansel, managing editor
We hold dear mementos of our past. Letters and snapshots are a link to our history. We hold them as sacred. With them in our hands, loved ones, from a distant past, flee from the grave and come to life again.
Their remembrance warms our hearts from the wonderful memories. This small piece of them comforts, consoles, and inspires us to keep moving down the road of life.
The sacred word of God is a memento of a Savior who still lives, beyond our physical touch. Jesus now sits at the “right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2, NKJV). Yet, Christ still resides within our hearts through the pages of the Bible.
First, God’s word is sacred because it is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16,17). All of it is inspired and comes from the mind and mouth of God. “Praise be to God for this indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Since the Bible is from God, it will stand as long as he chooses. The Psalmist says, “All His precepts are sure, they stand fast forever and ever” (Psalm 111:7,8). Isaiah said, “the grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, “I know the Bible is inspired because it finds me at a greater depth of my being than any other book.” No work of literature, science or art touches the deepest recesses of our being. No one turns to the pages of Darwin or Dickens to ease the piercing pain of grief. Instead, they turn to Psalms and the tender words of Jesus.
Second, God’s word is sacred because it is the way to salvation. Since we are sinners, we need a Savior. In Revelation 5, we find God’s plan laid before John. No one was found worthy to open the book (Revelation 5:4). Likewise, we can find no one on earth to save us from our sins (Romans 3:23). Then, Jesus is presented as the answer and fulfillment of God’s plan. He, alone, is able to enact the plan of God. He went to the cross so his blood could be shed and we could be forgiven of our sins (Hebrews 9:11-14).
This message was found within the scrolls. The plan of God is contained today within the Bible (Jude 3). “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). And the Scriptures provide all that we need to know about how to be saved (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
Third, God’s Word is sacred because it is an inexhaustible source of wisdom. The writer of Hebrews describes the Bible as “living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12). It is indeed a vibrant and breathing book. Its relevance is inexhaustible. No matter the crisis or question, God’s Word has the answer. Faith in God is also to have faith in his Book.
Solomon said that there was “nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). People, mistakes, and sins never change. Time and technology bring new ethical challenges, yet deep within these new challenges are time-honored problems. The Bible still has answers to all of them. For example, cloning is the most technologically challenging ethical dilemma of our time. Yet, Scripture provides guidelines, despite being written so long ago. Spurgeon said, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
Scripture is continually fresh as we read its words. A lifetime of study does not bring boredom but a deeper awe and reverence. It never grows stale or lifeless. It is, so to speak, a renewable miracle. Let us read it and cherish its treasure.
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