Contents: The Greatest Book on Earth -- Spurgeon on the Bible -- The Scriptures
Scriptures comprise a Book that is unlike all other books ever written.
In all of human history, there is no other collection of writing that
compares. It is written, 'Holy men of God spake as they were moved by
the Holy Ghost' (2 Peter 1:21). More than 32 men are identified by
name as the Old Testament writers: Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Nathan, Gad,
Jeremiah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Mordecai, Elihu, David, Solomon, Asaph, Sons of
Korah (plural), Heman, Ethan, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea,
Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai,
Zechariah, Malachi--and several Psalms have unidentified and unidentifiable
writers that might add to the number. Eight men are accepted by
tradition or by direct claims as the New Testament writers: Matthew, Mark,
Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, and Jude. There was indeed a Hand that
guided these multiple hands to accomplish this portrait [of Christ].
Consider the improbability of having above forty men commissioned to write a book of inerrant history and infallible prophecy over a time span of more than fifteen centuries, residing in a dozen countries on three continents, using four languages--Hebrew, Chaldean, Greek, and Aramaic--yet never contradict one another or include a single factual, historical, mathematical, geographical, or grammatical error, and maintain perfect unity and harmony in doctrine! Certainly, individual particular printings of Scripture have had typographical, orthographical, and punctuation misprints--but the Bible was written without the tiniest blemish.
The scoffers and the skeptics (ed. Who have come and gone) that deride the Bible as nothing more than a collection of writings of an assortment of unknown individuals, changed, altered, and adapted over the centuries have no understanding of the character or the content of the Book that they disparage. No individual man or collections of humanity has been assigned the role of sitting in judgment on this Book. Scholars or readers who arrogantly assume that role will find that the Book will judge them. It is true that the Bible is a book; but it is infinitely more than merely a book: it is the one and the only Book from God. This is the plain, the unmistakable, and emphatic, affirmation of Scripture; it is not disputable--it is veridical (Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 21:42; 22:29; 26:54; Mark 14:49; Luke 10:26; John 5:39)."
(Taken from The Baptist Heritage, Jerald L. Manley, Ed. & Pastor of the Heritage Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida)
"This volume is the writing of the
living God: each letter was penned with an Almighty finger; each word in it
dropped from the everlasting lips, each sentence was dictated by the Holy
Spirit. Albeit, that Moses was employed to write his histories with
his fiery pen, God guided that pen. It may be that David touched his
harp and let sweet Psalms of melody drop from his fingers, but God moved his
hands over the living strings of his golden harp. It may be that
Solomon sang Canticles of love, or gave forth words of consummate wisdom,
but God directed his lips, and made the Preacher eloquent. If I follow
the thundering Nahum when his horses plough the waters or Habakkuk when he
sees the tents of Cushan in affliction; if I read Malachi, when the earth is
burning like an oven; if I turn to the smooth page of John, who tells of
love, or the rugged fiery chapters of Peter who speaks of the fire devouring
God's enemies; if I turn to Jude, who launches forth anathemas upon the foes
of God, everywhere I find God speaking: it is God's voice, not man's, the
words are God's words, the words of the Eternal, the Invisible, the
Almighty, the Jehovah of this earth.
Joh 12:48 "He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the
word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
This is the greatest book on earth,
This is the living rock of truth
This is the volume of the Cross;
Within this wondrous volume lies
And better had they ne'er been born
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