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The Bible Is...Part 3

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Introduction

Greetings...

The Word Of The Gospel

This description can be found once in the Bible.

We find it in the book of Acts.
Acts 15:7 ESV
7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

The Bible is the “Word of the Gospel.”

The word gospel means “good news” concerning Jesus.
Mark 1:1 ESV
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
From on the Bible’s focus is on Jesus.
It begins focused on the scheme of redemption.
Jeremiah 31:33 ESV
33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jeremiah 31:31 ESV
31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
It shifts to redemption itself.
Mt 27:
Matthew 27:50 ESV
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
Matthew 28:6 ESV
6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
Mt 28:
It then reflects on how the redeemed should act.
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1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Summery

The Bible is the “word of the gospel” because the Bible has always been about the “good news of Jesus.”

The Word Of His Grace

This description can be found twice in the Bible.

Both times in the book of Acts.
Acts 14:3 ESV
3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts 20:32 ESV
32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

The Bible is the “Word of His Grace.”

The Word of His Grace is able to build us up.
1 Thessalonians 4:18 ESV
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Th 5:11
The Word of His Grace is able to offer an eternal inheritance.
Titus 2:11–14 ESV
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Tit 2:11-13

Summery

The Bible or “Word of His Grace” is that which we all need to get through this life and lead us into the next.

The Word Of The Cross

This description is found once in the Bible.

It is only found in the book of 1 Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The Bible is “the Word of the Cross.”

It is the Word of the Cross because...
As we mentioned earlier it’s focus was on getting to the cross, the cross, and living in light of the cross.
It empowers us how have been crucified with Christ.
What can man do to those that have already been crucified?
Galatians 2:20 ESV
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Matthew 10:28 ESV
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28 ESV
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 5:28 ESV
28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Summery

The Bible or Word of the Cross is our guide to strength when things seem tough and our manual of power to over come this world for the next.

Conclusion

James M. Gray: The Bible
Where childhood needs a standard
Or youth a beacon light,
Where sorrow sighs for comfort
Or weakness longs for might,
Bring forth the Holy Bible--
Resolving all life’s problems
And meeting its demands.
Though sophistry conceal it,
The Bible! There it Stands!
Though Pharisees profane it,
Its influence expands.
It fills the world with fragrance
Whose sweetness never cloys
It lifts our eyes to Heaven,
It heightens human joys.
Despised and torn in pieces,
By infidels decried,
With thunderbolts of hatred
The haughty cynics pride--
All these have railed against it
In this and other lands;
Yet dynasties have fallen,
And still the Bible stands!
To Paradise a highway,
The Bible! There it stands!
Its promises unfailing,
Nor grievous its commands.
It points man to his Saviour,
The Lover of his soul;
Salvation is it watchword,
Eternity its goal!
Invitation
Isaiah 59:1–2 ESV
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Philippians 2:6–7 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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