Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What is the Bible?

The Bible is composed of the books of the Old and New Testaments, all uniquely inspired by God the Holy Spirit. It contains everything that we are to believe and do, so that our souls may be saved and our lives equipped to serve God.

The Bible is a collection of books - a library.

The Old Testament is made up of the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Book of Psalms (Luke 24:44).

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved

What we call historical books the Jews reckoned among their prophetic or inspired writings: 'the Psalms', as the first and longest item, was a way of referring to the final section of these inspired 'Writings'. The historical books record's dealings with His people, and provide the contemporary background of the prophets' ministries.

God's very words were entrusted to the Jews in the Old Testament Scriptures (Romans 3:2).

The New Testament has four parts: first, the four gospels, which record the earthly ministry of Jesus; second, the Acts of the Apostles, which describes the establishment and growth of the early Church; third, the letters which convey the teaching of the apostles to the early churches; and, fourth, the Book of the Revelation (sometimes called 'the Apocalypse' meaning 'an unveiling') which is a prophetic book, looking very much into the future.

The books of the Bible should be read as books rather than as collections of verses or texts.

The books of the Bible have come together from a variety of backgrounds:

The books of the Bible have to do with either the Old or the New Covenant, or Testament.

The books of the Old Testament relate particularly to the covenant God made with the children of Israel in the desert before they entered the promised land (Exodus 19:5).

The essential message of the Old Testament (or covenant), with its demand for obedience to God's decrees and laws, was 'Do this and you will live' (Leviticus 18:5; Luke 10:28), although this is an over-simplification.

The books of the New Testament relate to the new covenant promised in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31:31-34), achieved and fulfilled through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 13:20).

The essential message of the New Testament is 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved' (Acts 16:31).

The books of the Old and New Testaments share a common inspiration - the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The New Testament speaks often of the Scriptures as a product of the creative activity of God's Spirit. He is their primary author (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

More than 500 times in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) is divine authority claimed (e.g. statements such as those found in Deuteronomy 4:5 and Exodus 20:1).

The Lord Jesus Christ promised the Holy Spirit's inspiration to His apostles (John 14:26; John 15:26-27; John 16:13).

The apostles claimed to possess His inspiration (Acts 2:33; Acts 15:28; 1 Corinthians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:8).