Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Word of Truth

"...rightly handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15, English Standard Version).

The Bible is called the Word of Truth. This has stood through the ages as an undeniable fact. It possesses the unique, unrivaled and solitary ability to speak to the hearts of people and the circumstances of life like no other book in the world.

Immanuel Kant said, "A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I have ever read." President Theodore Roosevelt said, "A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education." Charles Spurgeon wrote, "A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t."

It was the Bible that led William Wilberforce to crusade for the emancipation of slaves. It was the Bible that motivated William Booth to build an army to help the destitute and homeless. It was the Bible that consoled Sir Ernest Shackleton in his lonely and hazardous experience of exploring Antarctica. Christopher Columbus claimed that his voyage, which discovered America, was born while he was reading Isaiah.

Chuck Colson wrote, "The Bible—banned, burned, beloved. More widely read, more frequently attacked than any other book in history. Generations of intellectuals have attempted to discredit it; dictators of every age have outlawed it and executed those who read it. Yet soldiers carry it into battle believing it more powerful than their weapons. Fragments of it smuggled into solitary prison cells have transformed ruthless killers into gentle saints."

This little poem from William Cowper (1731-1800) sums it up better than most --

A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age,
It gives, but borrows none.

Other books were given for our information, the Bible was given for our transformation. The Bible is meant to be bread for our daily use, not just cake for special occasions. May you find yourself more and more compelled to get into the Word, so that the Word may get into you.

It is after all -- the Word of Truth.


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