The Bible is a Living Document
The Bible is a living document, able to guide, instruct, comfort, and console. It gives strength to the weak, hope for the hopeless, freedom to the captives, and eternal life to a dead man.
Many have tried to silence the Word of God, but despite burnings, bans, and laws against, the Bible endures, reaching back into the past, and forward into the future, teaching all who will hear about God’s love, mercy, kindness, and revealing His plan for salvation.
The Bible is a living document. Its able to affect and enlighten all men; as powerful and relevant today as when it was written centuries ago. How do I know the Bible is alive? No matter what I am facing, the Bible speaks to me. I have never looked into its pages with an open heart and mind that it failed to move me, and in times of need, its words flood my mind, calming and instructing me.
It never fails to amaze me that the seemingly random verses that cause my heart to beat faster with a quick intake of breath as I say, “Oh!” floods other hearts and minds with the same joy and happiness. I remember vividly one Thanksgiving evening, I was staying with my brother and his family, and I was in the process of reading through the New International Version of the Bible, the first Bible I ever read. It was evening after turning in for the night; I brought out my Bible to read a bit before going to sleep. It was the book of Esther. Haman had received permission from King Xerxes to have all the Jews murdered throughout the kingdom, in ignorance that this plan included Esther herself and her uncle, Mordecai.
After Mordecai learned of Haman’s plan, he asked Esther, his niece, the Queen to appeal to her husband so that the Jews might be saved. She was afraid and told Mordecai so, and he said to her, “who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b
When I read these simple words, I drew a quick breath, feeling a warmth and excitement, yet unable to understand why these words, of no special importance on their own, should stir my heart thus so. To me, when I feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit, I draw in a deep breath, my chest rising, and a cleansing feeling coming over me. I don’t know why except that is just the way He affects me, but this is what I felt when I read these words. The Bible is a living document and I can liken it to what Elizabeth seemed to feel when Mary came to visit her during her pregnancy, and she said that the “baby in her womb leapt for joy at Mary’s greeting.” Luke 1:41
I suspect you know about this verse, since I hear it often, a few simple words written by the hand of our God through one of His humble servants. So humble is he, that the writer’s identity is not explicitly revealed in Scripture, and yet it causes hearts to tremble. The Word of our God is living, active, and powerful, able to save to the uttermost those who are perishing.
The Bible is a living document, able to change and save those who are still in bondage to sin, choosing unbeknownst to them the path to Hell. It is the single most important document that has ever been or ever will be written, preserved as it has been by God Almighty so that all might know Him and His unfailing love.
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