The Seven Wonders of the Word (Part 3 of 3)

(6) The Bible’s Wonderful Circulation

Circulation (Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14) refers to how far the Bible has spread. Indeed, the Bible was intended to be a global phenomenon. It is not the closely guarded property of any one nation or racial group.

The Bible itself teaches the importance of spreading it to the world (Mark 16:15). The Old Testament, prophesied the inclusion of the Gentiles under the New Testament of Christ (Isaiah 2:2-4; Jeremiah 31:31-34). Christ is the savior of the world (John 3:16; Acts 10:34-35; 17:30-31; 1 John 2:2). Even in the first century, the gospel was a global phenomenon (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:6,23).

In response to this imperative, people have striven to take the Bible to every part of the globe, and so much so that it is hard to imagine anyone who could not have access to it. The Bible has been reproduced in billions of copies and remains the number-one bestseller to such an extent that no other book comes close.

(7) The Bible’s Wonderful Illumination

The Bible is as penetrating with its moral message as a light — even a laser (cf. Hebrews 4:12; Psalms 119:105,130). To read and study the Bible seriously is to be impressed and improved by its message. It has a way of exposing and rebuking what is bad in people and educing what is good.

The Bible has had such a pervasive and uniformly beneficial influence that it is hard, and even horrifying, to imagine a world without it. Everywhere the Bible has gone, and people have practiced it, it has brought only good. The Bible teaches “the golden rule” (Matthew 7:12) and that love of God and one’s neighbor are the greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40). No one ever went wrong by following the Bible.

Conclusion

If it is reasonable to believe that there is a God, then it is reasonable to believe that He gave to human beings a revelation of His will for them. It is unreasonable to think that a God interested enough in humans to create them would not reveal Himself to them.

Therefore, it only remains to ask oneself which one, out of all the books claiming to be revelations from God, is the best candidate for that status. Which one has the best evidence supporting it? If it is not the Bible, which book has better evidence for its divine inspiration? There is not one!

Peter truly said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

–Gary Eubanks