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How should we view the Bible? The “good book” I’ve heard it called. What is it? Is it just a book? How should we read it?

Intro

I remember arguing with a guy the reliability of the Bible
He was an educated man and a Marine officer
He was asking questions and I could not convince him of the truth
At one point I challenged him to read the book
“How can you argue a book if you haven’t read it.” Academic approach
But more importantly I wanted to us the HS approach
The Bible is more than a book.
Not a mystical symbol
But, it contains the very Words of God
Problem: For many we lack the correct approach to God’s word.
Approaches: History/like any other book, stories/like a murder mystery, Ancient and outdated, Rules for how to live a good life, “What’s in it for me?” Application
Scripture is more important than that. It is bigger than that. It is none of these, yet all of these.
So, how should we approach God’s Word?

Drama

The Holy Day of Preparation (The Passover)
Exodus 12:16 ESV
On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you.
The Passover is about to be celebrated
The Jewish leaders who were so consumed by the law of God that they ignore the fact that they kill an innocent man and are focused on the little mundane details that have no significance.
Illus: I liken this to those Christians who seem to ignore the law of God about murder and whose hearts are so hard that abortion seems a legitimate practice to them.
Soldiers broke their legs to finish the death
They pierced his side and did not break his legs
Blood and water - the symbols used to represent the atoning of sin of sin by blood (The new covenant) and the washing away of sin by the water.
Both of these were accomplished in the death of Jesus and in the sacraments today - Baptism and LS point us to Christ and HIs work
He was already dead
The purpose of John telling all of this was for hearers and readers to believe
John 19:35 ESV
He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe.
John 19
This is obviously John - who refers to himself often this way
John 19:26 ESV
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
John 19:
John continues the theme here about Jesus fulfilling Scripture
Started with Judas in
John 13:18 ESV
I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’
Continues with Jesus’ garments
John 19:24 ESV
so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” So the soldiers did these things,
John 20:30–31 ESV
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John’s purpose was to prove Jesus was the Messiah and that others would believe in this fact
John 20:30–31 ESV
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Doctrine

The Word of God made effectual for salvation
The Word of God tells us how we should view him
WCF CH 1 - The Holy Scriptures

ALTHOUGH the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation: therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church;c and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the holy scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.f

The Scriptures are How God reveals himself to us
The Word of God is about Jesus
This is how God has chosen to reveal himself to us - through Jesus
Jesus is referenced 2 times in this passage
As one whose bones were not broken
He was the ultimate sacrificial lamb
He would be the last necessary sacrifice to God the Father
John 19:36 ESV
For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.”
cited from
Exodus 12:46 ESV
It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones.
Numbers 9:12 ESV
They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it.
It was part of Passover to not break the bones for the sole purpose of fulfilling Scripture
This should show us how important it is that God’s word be consistent with the things that actually take place in the world
2. As one whose side was pierced
Jerusalem will mourn for their loss - King of the Jews
Zechariah 12:10 ESV
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
b. Direct reference to Jesus
Zechariah 13:1 ESV
“On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
God’s Word is given many years before Jesus death
The Word of God is to be believed

VI. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.

VII. All things in scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

Man’s salvation
Everything necessary to effectually call a man to salvation
Faith
Everything necessary to build faith in a saint
and life
Everything necessary to live out a life on this earth as a Christian
The Word of God is a means of Grace
It’s ordinary
It’s basic enough that the learned and unlearned can read and understand
RC Sproul
“In His grace and in His wisdom, God has provided ways by which we can regularly have our faith in His promises fortified. Historically, we have referred to these ways of strengthening our faith as the ordinary means of grace. Prayer, the preaching of the Word, and the sacraments are not elaborate or fancy methods of giving us what we need to confirm our trust in Christ. To an outside observer, they do not seem special at all. After all, they make use of rather common things such as human speech, bread, wine, and water. But by faith and the work of the Spirit, these common elements are used to do an uncommon work — the confirmation of our trust in Jesus and the strengthening of our wills to flee from sin and rest in Christ alone.”

Q. 154. What are the outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of his mediation?

A. The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to his church the benefits of his mediation, are all his ordinances, especially the word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for their salvation.

John obviously believed this. He saw the importance of writing down the things that happened and how Jesus fulfilled them in order that men may believe
He knew that what he was witnessing needed to be written and recorded to encourage men to believe
He did not know the depth obviously but he was led by the HS to know the importance
It shows us the importance - God has set ordinary language and writing down as His method of communicating and applying salvation

Doxology

Thank God he has revealed himself to us - not a complete mystery
Read and meditate on His Word
Approach to the Bible
Read it to see who God is
Redemptive Historical approach
Read it to see how it points us to Christ
Jesus on the road to Emmaus
Luke 24:27 ESV
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
In the OT as well as the NT
It’s what John did -
John 19:36–37 ESV
For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”
John 19:36 ESV
For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.”
Psalm 34:20 ESV
He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Psalm 34:20
Read it and see what it is that God would have us believe

yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of scripture or other

John 19:35 ESV
He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe.
It is a means of grace whereby we are strengthened in our faith
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