“I'm going back to essentials, a chair
& a lamp, & the Book that YOU wrote to me.
You see, I'm looking for the YOU that used to speak
so clear, I'm looking for the me that had a heart to
hear, & I'm looking for the passion that held me
here, on the edge. Find me, find me, I'll wait for YOU!”
–Margaret Becker, “Find Me”
“Return my brethren, to your earliest
Bible readings…Ah, this Book, as I turn
it over, wakes up many a memory; its pages glow with
a light which I cannot describe, for they are set with
stars which in my many hours of gloom have been the
light of my soul. I did not then read this divine volume
to find a text, but to hear my Lord speak to my own
heart. I was not then as Martha, cumbered with much
serving, but as Lazarus, who sat at the table with Jesus.”
“The Scriptures are the embodiment of all revelation,
the supreme source of theology, and constitute a progressive
revelation as taught by the Holy Spirit. We
must fall in love with the Bible by falling in love
with the Author! There is a need for the Scriptures.
Such a revelation is to be desired, for man needs to
know his purpose, and this awareness is not to be found
in worldly wisdom. Such a revelation is to be expected,
for a natural father would not conceal himself from
his son; he would desire to have communication with
him. Such a revelation would be written, for book form
is the only form of preservation for transmission.”
–Dr. Kelley Varner
Concerning the importance of the Scriptures, the student
is encouraged to examine the following verses: II Chron.
15:3; Job 22:22, 23:12; Ps. 1:1-3, 19:7-11; 119:1, 18,
89, 105, 130-131; Dan. 12:4, 9; Matt. 13:1-30; 24:35;
Lk. 1:37; 8:11-15; Acts 17:11; 20:32; Rom. 10:17; II
Tim. 1:13; 2:15; 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; II Pet. 1:4; 19-21,
Rev. 12:11, 19: 11-13.
- An Introduction to the Scriptures:
- THE DIVISION OF THE SCRIPTURES
- The books of the OLD TESTAMENT (39 books):
- The LAW (17 books of HISTORY):
- The PENTATEUCH (Genesis, Exodus,
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy).
- The HISTORICAL BOOKS:
- PRE-EXILE History (Joshua,
Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel,
I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles,
- POST-EXILE History (Ezra, Nehemiah,
- The PSALMS (5 books of POETRY)
(Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,
Song of Solomon).
- The PROPHETS (17 books of PROPHECY):
- The MAJOR Prophets (Isaiah,
Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel,
- The MINOR Prophets:
- PRE-EXILE Prophecy (Hosea,
Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah,
Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah).
- POST-Exile Prophecy (Haggai,
- The books of the NEW TESTAMENT (27
- The New Testament HISTORY (Matthew,
Mark, Luke, John, Acts).
- The DOCTRINAL EPISTLES (22
- Christian Church Epistles
(Romans, I Corinthians, II
Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians,
Philippians, Colossians, I
Thessalonians, II Thessalonians).
- Pastoral and Personal Epistles
(I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus,
- Hebrew Christian Epistles
(Hebrews, James, I Peter,
II Peter, I John, II John,
III John, Jude, Revelation).
- THE NAMES OF THE BIBLE:
- The BIBLE (“book”) – Mk.
12:26; Lk. 3:4; 4:17-18; 20:42: Acts 1:20;
7:42; Gal. 3:10; Heb. 9:19; 10:7; Rev. 1:11;
- The WORD OF GOD – Mk. 7:13; Jn. 1:1-3;
10:35; Acts 8:25; 13:48; Rom. 10:8; Eph. 1:13;
Phil. 2:16; Col. 3:16; Heb. 4:12; Jas. 1:21-23;
I Pet. 1:33.
- The SCRIPTURES (“writings”)
– Dan. 10:21; Jn. 7:38; Rom. 1:2; 4:3;
16:26; II Tim. 3:15-16; II Pet. 3:16.
- The ORACLES OF GOD (“the speaking
place”) – Ps. 28:1; Rom. 3:2,
Heb. 5:10-12; 6:1-2; I Pet 4:11.
- The OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS (“covenants”)
– Matt. 5:17-18; 11:13; 26:26-28; Mk.
14:24; Lk. 22:20; Rom. 3:21; I Cor. 11:25;
II Cor. 3:6, 14; Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:6-13;
9:15; 10:15-17; 12:24.
- THE SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE:
- FIRE (Jer. 23:29) – It burns, cleanses,
and purges all that is contrary.
- HAMMER (Jer. 23:29) – It smashes
and demolishes; it is used to build.
- LAMP (Ps. 119:105) – It is an instrument
of light in the darkness
- MIRROR (Jas. 1:23) – It reveals what
we are and what we can be in GOD.
- MILK (I Pet. 2:2) – It nourishes the
young in the Lord.
- ROD (Rev. 11:1-2) – It is a measuring
instrument and standard in all matters of
faith and practice. It is the authority of
- SEED (I Pet. 1:23; Lk. 8:11; Jas, 1:18)
– It is a germinating, life-producing
Word having God’s life in it.
- SWORD (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:14) – It
is living, sharp, and two-edged in its operations
as it separates flesh and spirit.
- WATER (Ps. 119:5, 9; Jn. 15:3; 17:17; Eph.
5:26) – It is life-giving, refreshing,
- GOLD (Ps. 19:7-10; Job 28:1; Pr. 25:2) –
It is priceless and an inexhaustible mine
for treasure to be dug out.
- HONEY (Ps. 19:10; Rev. 10:10) – It
is sweet to the taste.
- OX-GOAD (Eccl. 12:11) – It prods the
servant into fulfilling his duties.
- NAIL (Eccl. 12:11) – It is fastened
in a sure place, and we can safely hang things
- BREAD (Matt. 4:4; Deut. 8:3; Ps. 119:103;
Is. 55:10; Ex. 16) – It is the staff
of life, ever fresh, and meant for our daily
- PEARL (Matt. 7:6) – It is a priceless
gem; though formed in darkness, it has the
colors of the rainbow when brought to the
- ANCHOR (Heb. 6:18-19) – It holds the
believer in safety through every storm.
- STAR (Matt. 2:1-11; II Pet. 1:19; Rev. 2:28)
– It guides the believer.
- MEAT (Heb. 5:11-14) – It is strength-giving
food for the mature.
NOTE: Jesus Christ is the LIVING WORD, the
Word made FLESH. Each of these symbols speaks
of Him and His Church which is the ongoing incarnation
of His Person.
- The Pathway to Scripture
- Eight ways to relate to God’s Word:
- Hear it – Romans 10:17
- Read it – Revelation 1:3
- Pray it --
- Study it – Acts 17:11; II Timothy
- Memorize it – Psalm 119:9,11
- Meditate upon it – Psalm 1:2;3; I
- Love it – Psalm 119:97;113,167
- Just do it – James 1:25
- Tools for Bible Study:
- A good translation (NKJV, NIV, NAS, etc.)
- Strong’s Concordance
- A Bible Dictionary
- Vine’s Expository Dictionary
- Mathew Henry’s Commentary
- Bible Software
- A good Study Bible
- Commentaries by great Christian’s
- Books on the Bible, or for study from my
The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish, or
a book that will work wonders by its very presence.
It is a book that will work wonders in every life, here
and hereafter, if acted upon and obeyed in faith and
It is God’s inspired revelation of the origin
and destiny of all things, written in the most simple
human language possible, so that the most unlearned
can understand and obey its teachings. It is self-interpreting
and covers every subject of human knowledge and need,
now and forever.
As a literary composition, the Bible is the most
remarkable book ever made. It is the world’s best
known, most available, most translated, most distributed,
and most quoted book, and is history’s all time #1 best
seller! It is a divine library of 66 books, some of
considerable size, and others no larger than a tract.
These books include various forms of literature –history,
biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, hymns, letters,
directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws,
parables, riddles, allegories, prophecy, drama, and
others. They embrace all manner of literary styles in
“It is the book that reveals the mind of God, the state
of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and
the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy,
its precepts binding, its histories true, and its decisions
immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe,
and practice it to be holy. The Bible contains light
to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer
you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff,
the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s
character. Here heaven is opened, and the gates of hell
disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good
its design, and the glory of God its end. It should
fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet
in righteousness and true holiness. Read it slowly,
frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly,
devotionally, and study it constantly, perseveringly,
and industriously. Read it through and through until
it becomes part of your being and generates faith that
will move mountains. The Bible is a mine of wealth,
the source of health, and a world of pleasure. It is
given to you in this life, will be opened at the judgment,
and will stand forever. It involves the highest responsibility,
will reward the least to the greatest labor, and will
condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
Its writers are numerous. Its author is G O D.”
-from notes in Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible on:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness” - 2 Timothy 3:16.