The God of the OT. The God of the NT. The same God. God didn’t get to the end of the OT & just change His mind! “Hmmm… this isn’t working, so… let’s try something different,” and ‘poof,’ NT! He is one God, and His Word is one word. His plan has been the same all along.
Through the thousands of years that have gone by, the millions of stories that have been told in Christendom, and the billions of people that have walked the earth; from the Garden of Eden to the present, God has been the same God, and His Words have remained through it all.
- Isaiah 40:8 – “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.”
- John 8:58 – “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I AM.”
- Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven & earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”
The Bible is – God’s Word is – God Himself is! – steadfast, constant, dependable, time-honored, proven by history, not some fad, and will still be here after we and all fads and this world have all gone.
The Bible teaches us about life, history, God, eternity – not in fact form, but in story form. God knows how we learn best – He made us! So He wrote the Bible to be a collection of short stories, which when strung together, make up a single, complete, unified narrative from beginning to end!
He could’ve just given us the facts about Himself, but instead, we get to see how He behaves, what He does, and how He interacts with people through stories – real-life examples. I could take 15 minutes and tell you all about myself, and you would learn a lot of facts/information about me, but you would not know me – who I really am, and what I am really like.
You only get to truly KNOW a person by spending consistent, quality time with them, by learning their story and their history, and by watching them live their lives.
The Bible gives us the opportunity to do this with God:
- to spend quality time with Him
- to observe His behavior, habits, passions, concerns
- to get to know His story and His history
- to interact with Him through His interactions with humankind through the ages
- to observe His life and character demonstrated through Jesus, who came to “show us what God is like” (Colossians 1:19 and Hebrews 1:3)
God’s Word contains everything for living a Godly life & for having an abundant life. What are the very first words in the Bible? In the beginning… What is the last word in the Bible? Amen.
Help me further our discussion here… If you could summarize the Bible’s value to your life as a Believer in one word or short phrase, what would you say? (I can’t wait to see the gold that comes out of this exercise!) Thanks for reading and commenting!