But there is something different about the Bible. It is the Word of God. It was the message of God delivered to men who wrote it down. Some of the Bible was written by people who actually saw Jesus. So they have first-hand, live, in person, face to face accounts of what He said, and what His message was. This is significant. It is huge. Knowing that the writers knew Jesus personally gives us an even greater degree of confidence as we apply the words of the Bible to our daily life.
Some of the books of the Bible were written by Jesus’ closest friends. One such book was written by His most beloved friend, John. Here is how John starts his letter…
“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life—that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1-3)
Some people will try to discourage or dissuade you from believing the Bible because it is so old, or we don’t know if it can be trusted. These same people will show you internet articles that target the reliability of the Bible. (That is one of my favorites… “Hey… look at this website. It disproves the Bible.” Really?!? You are going to try and poke holes in the Bible with a blog on the internet? Ummm… ok.)
But look at what John said. He (and other disciples) heard, saw, and touched the Gospel as He (Jesus) walked on this earth. You weren’t there. I wasn’t there. But people were there. And the living words and message of Christ was given to them for all of us. You can trust the eye-witness accounts of the ministry of Christ and the truth of Scripture.
John said he wrote what he received from Christ so the readers could know and experience the great things of Christ as well. His writing was intentional. He was giving us the tools so we could have success in our spiritual walk like he did. John had known Christ personally, but He knew that one did not have to literally see or hear, or touch Christ in order to know Him personally.
Today you can meditate on the truth John wrote, knowing that God went to great lengths to make sure you understand who He is, what He will do for you, and what He expects from you.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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