|"The Bible is often called the
"Good Book," and indeed it is. But the Bible is much more than a
book, and it is much more than good. Here's the deal: The Bible contains
the very words of God. You don't have to wonder about God. You can know
about God because he has left you a message. In fact, when you read the
Bible, it's as if God is talking to you."
Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. Bruce and Stan's Guide to the Bible: A User-Friendly Approach. Oregon: Harvest House Publishers. 1998:22.
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"The Bible is God's living Word (Hebrews 4:12). It is an ancient Word, written over the course of thousands of years in the languages and cultures of the ancient Near East. So we should use all the analytical and exegetical tools at our disposal to study it. But it is also a living Word through which God has spoken to people from ancient to modern times in order to reveal himself and show us how to know him, obey him and live. The Bible, as his living Word, is God's creative power. It is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). God uses his written Word to bring people to himself, to give them new life and a new birth (1 Peter 1:23). He uses his written Word to transform."
Bob Grahmann. Transforming Bible Study. Illinois: InterVarsity Press. 2003:20.
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"It is important for us to see the link between the fact that the Holy Spirit has spoken in Scripture and the fact that he still needs to speak to us through Scripture. It is the twofold work of the Spirit of God which guarantees that what God has given will be for us today the Word of God."
Bob Gordon. Understanding the Way. Basingstoke: Marshall Pickering. 1987: 114.
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