The Bible is unlike any other religious work. While other works express man's philosophies or religious ideals, the Bible declares that It alone contains a true and accurate written revelation of God.
Now, as we continue the discussion of the importance of the Bible, we must recognize that the Bible is the written, recorded revelation of God [Jesus is the Incarnate Word].
So what does this mean to say that "the Bible is the written, recorded revelation of God?"
Now, before I answer that, we have to stop a moment and consider some words that religious scholars nonchalantly fling about in describing the Scriptures. Knowing these words will may our discussion clearer. We could spend days discussing each of these definitions, but their meanings will become more evident as we
Thinking about Revelation. The Bible represents the unveiling of God's revelation to man over some 1600 years. Scripture contains the very essence of God's will and purpose. The Bible Itself speaks about Its own unique nature. The Scripture, like Father God, is eternal, "enduring forever" (Ps. 19:9). The revelations, principles, and judgments of the Bible will never change, for "… the word of our God shall stand forever." (Is. 40:8).
This revelatory nature of the Scriptures is demonstrated in multiple ways. These proofs include [but are not limited to]
The Scriptures do not respond to man; man must respond to the Scriptures. This eternal Word is also supernaturally powerful. It can convert the soul and make the simple-minded wise (Ps. 19:7). The impact of Scripture on humankind is profound. History has recorded how men have changed, great explorations (such as that undertaken by Columbus) have launched, and societies have transformed after men have studied the Word and accepted Its teachings.
The Bible can change men and circumstances since It is the Word of God.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. [Is. 55:11, NKJV]
Perhaps the most startling truth about Scripture is that It is "True and righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:9). The word translated as "true" is iemethi) which means "stability, certainty, trustworthiness, assured . . . . faithful, (Strong's). The word translated "righteous" is triday which means "to be right … cleanse, clear self . . . 11 (Strong's).
Thus, the Scripture has eternal stability, certainty, and verity. It is reliable; all Its commandments contain this honesty and reliability (Ps. 119:151), and this trustworthiness and stability have existed from the beginning (Ps. 119:160). The Scripture is also totally righteous and can spiritually cleanse all who study It (Ep. 5:26) and believe in It.
Although various depraved incidents are recorded in the Bible--Abel's murder, David's adultery, Judas' betrayal—the Bible is not a dark, pornographic record of man's misdeeds. While the Bible remains faithful in Its record of human affairs, It can still cleanse a person from all filth and unrighteousness [even a person’s secret sins (Ps. 19:12)]. The revelations of the Bible can provide hope and restoration.
The Word of God can cleanse man because "Every word of God is pure. . . ." (Pro. 30:5). The Scripture Itself contains no corruption or impurities. It can purge the one who opens himself to It in the same way that metal ores are smelted and purified by refining. Finally, the Word is protective. The Bible protects several ways. First, the Word of God "is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Ps. 119:105). The Word brings the light of God's revelation to the believer so that he may gain understanding (Ps. 119:130) and avoid the path of the foolish, which leads to disaster (Pro. 28:26; Ps. 49:13; Ec. 10:3). The Word works as "a shield to them that put their trust in Him." (Pr. 30:5). It protects the believer from the curse of God's wrath (Deu. 11:26; 27:15-26) and enables him to receive the blessings of God (Ex. 23:25; Deu. 11:27).
The Word of God, therefore, is more than just a historical record of the people of Israel, a collection of pithy sayings, or a description of man's myths and fantasies. The Bible is a supernatural book: It is God's essence, distilled onto paper.In addition, the Word of God is alive (Heb. 4:12), able to discern the very soul of man and bring to him a revelation of the saving grace found in our Lord Jesus Christ.