The Seven Wonders of the Word (Part 1 of 3)

Perhaps practically everyone has heard of the famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. These Wonders, such as the Great Pyramids of Egypt, acclaim the ingenuity, labor, and skills of humankind.

Though many people have traveled thousands of miles and spent as many dollars to see the pyramids and would, no doubt, do the same to see the other wonders, if they still existed, there is another, greater, ancient wonder which is often overlooked.

It is the Bible!

Some parts of the Bible are about as old as the pyramids. It survives in perfectly good shape, has never had to be rebuilt, and promises to continue as long as humankind does. Bible writers and characters acclaimed its wonder (Psalms 119:18,129; Luke 4:22; 1 Peter 1:10-12).

In order that the Bible might be seen as “the wonder of the modern world,” as it was really “the one true wonder of the ancient world,” a person should consider seven aspects about it.

(1) The Bible’s Wonderful Inspiration

The Bible claims to be “inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), which literally means “breathed out by God” (ESV). Inspiration guaranteed that the writers would indite God’s word accurately

John 10:35 says that “Scripture cannot be broken.” The Greek word for “broken” (LUO) means “loose” or “untie” (cf. Luke 13:15). The Bible cannot be “loosed” so that it falls apart and collapses. The Scriptures can never be “loosed” but are held together in perfect solidarity, self-consistency, harmony, and truth.

For this reason, the Bible is spoken of as being “perfect” (Psalms 19:7-8; James 1:25). Any self-contradictions are only apparent and serve to show that the Biblical writers did not enter into collusion. Such apparent contradictions are usually resolved so easily that the honest reader is left more impressed with its harmony and more appreciative of its teachings. Also, a person can more fully appreciate the harmony of the Bible when he considers that it was written over a period of about fifteen-hundred years by as many as forty different writers.

(2) The Bible’s Wonderful Confirmation

“Confirmation” is “verification” — “the establishment of truthfulness or certainty.” That inspired men were presenting the word of God was confirmed in two ways: fulfilled prophecy (Deuteronomy 18:21-22; 1 Samuel 3:19-20), and miracles (Mark 16:20; John 3:2; 9:16,33; 10:38; 14:11; Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:3-4).

Some may claim that they themselves have to see miracles to believe in the Bible. Yet, the fact that at one time people accepted the claims of the Bible or its writers as being inspired on the basis of their miracles demonstrates that it was inspired. If miracles had never been worked to confirm the Bible, no one — not even the first generation of believers — would have believed. A check, once endorsed, does not need to be endorsed again.

–Gary Eubanks