The Book or the Author

VFriday, Oct. 24

The Bible is totally true. Knowing the Bible is good, but that won’t save you. Believing the Bible is good, but it won’t save you. Trying to live up to the truths of the Bible won’t save you. Isaiah 4:6 says that “all our righteous acts are as filthy rags.” Even if you understand the core truths and accept them as truths, it is not enough. The Mosaic Law as documented in the Bible is God’s standard of conduct. The Jews thought they could gain salvation by meeting this standard, but could not. Rom. 3:20 says “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” The conversion experience is more than mere knowledge. Nikita Khrushchev learned the Bible from childhood, and, in fact, memorized the whole New Testament. [For my younger readers, you might not know that this Russian dictator was the one who said after their Sputnik went into orbit, “Our cosmonauts did not see God up there.”] I’m not his judge, but his asinine statement does not characterize him as religious or Christian, or even logical. Knowledge of the truth is necessary, but as Khrushchev illustrates, definitely not sufficient. The Bible is God’s revelation. It includes every truth that pertains to salvation but it doesn’t save you. It’s the message of salvation, not salvation itself. The Bible is inspired and it should be held in deepest respect. It’s not called the Holy Bible for no reason. But the Bible will never save anyone; only the author of the Bible can do that.

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