The Bible reveals Christ, who is the Bread of life for our hungry souls
Published 8:04 am Wednesday, October 11, 2023
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: Some churches say that the Bible “contains” the Word of God; others say the entire Bible “is” the Word of God. I’ve never thought about it until now but the answer makes a big difference in what the truth really is. Can this be sufficiently answered? – R.T
Dear R.T.: Where there is truth and error there is always compromise. Within some churches, there is a movement to reshape the Christian message to make it more acceptable to man. If our minds and hearts are not filled with God’s truth, something else will take its place: cynicism, false religions, philosophies, etc. The list is endless. Jesus Christ made the astounding claim: “I am … the truth” (John 14:6). He is the embodiment of all truth.
Those who doubt that the Bible is the Word of God doubt it because they are unwilling to ascribe to God anything they cannot themselves achieve. We are not to pick and choose the parts we want to believe or obey. God has given it all with the instruction to be obedient to all of it. The Spirit of God will never lead us contrary to the Word of God.
The Bible reveals Christ, who is the Bread of life for our hungry souls and the Water of life for our thirsty hearts. We can trust the Bible because it points us to the most important events in human history: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Behind every book in the Bible is the Author: the Spirit of God; every word is inspired (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is the textbook of His revelation. The Bible is the highest law of God that sets forth His spiritual laws and gives His enduring promises. The Bible reveals the plan of redemption for the human race. It is the “living” book that works its way into hearts, minds, and souls. The Bible is God’s gift to us.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)