I believe it is the Holy Word of God . Holy means regarded with reverence. That is a simple way of putting it. The Word is God (John 1:1). I believe it is to be studied for admonishment, cleansing, to learn obedience, comfort, hope, and much, much more. Everything we believe should be lined up with scripture so we know we are not deceived. (Isaiah 8:20; Acts 17:11)
I was engaged in a fascinating discussion this week that lead to the purpose and validity of the Bible--more specifically, the English Bible. I admit, it got my wheels turning a bit and made me think. I had to go digging. I didn't have to dig far.
There have been times I'd wondered if the English translation was really giving us everything God intended for us to have from His Holy Scriptures. While it is very beneficial to scripture dig and use an Interlinear Bible, dictionary, and commentary for study, I do see some English translations are quite accurate.
I thought this verse summed it up quite beautifully:
2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
But then I learned the word "Scripture" references the Old Testament writings only. Which isn't bad, but it leaves me wondering where that leaves the New Testament. Is it not good for these things? Is it not inspired by God?
Well, yes, it is. The New Testament books are the prophesies of the Old Testament fulfilled! It is constantly referring back to the Old Testament and reminding the people what was written and how Jesus fulfilled it.
Paul clearly states God is speaking through them (the apostles):
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
There is so much to be said on this topic alone and how the Bible benefits us. It is God's living word! To me, that's exciting!
To know that He would leave us, not only with instruction, but with revelation, and it works in us. We don't just learn from it. We are transformed by it.
The Bible is not a dead book. It can only be dead to those who do not believe, because though they have eyes, they [must] not see (Mark 8:18). You just don't have to look far to see how God has woven Himself all throughout His Word, confirming it and validating it through and through; over and over.
What fascinates you most about the Bible?