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Christ is the center and heart of the Bible
I didn’t write this and I know where I found it but I think
it’s well worth reading and taking to heart.
The Old Testament is an account of a Nation.
The New Testament is an account of a MAN.
The Nation was formed and nurtured of God to bring this Man into
God Himself became a Man, to give mankind a concrete, definite,
tangible idea of what kind of Person to think of when we think of
God. God is like Jesus. Jesus was God incarnate in human form.
His appearance on the earth is the Central Event in all history.
The Old Testament sets the stage for it.
The New Testament describes it.
As a Man, He lived the most strangely Beautiful Life ever known.
He was the Kindest, Tenderest, Gentlest, most Patient, most sympathetic
man that ever lived. He Loved people. He hated to see people in
trouble. He loved to Forgive. He loved to Help. He wrought marvellous
miracles to feed hungry people. Multitudes, weary, pain-ridden,
and heart-broken came to Him, and found healing and relief. It is
said of Him, and of no other, that if all the deeds of Kindness
that He did were written, the world would not contain the books.
That is the kind of man Jesus was. That is the kind of Person God
Then: He died on the Cross, to take away the Sin of the world to
become the Redeemer and Saviour of men.
Then: He Rose from the Dead: is Alive Now: not merely an historical
character, but a Living Person:
This is the Most Important Fact of History and He is the Most Vital
Force in the world today.
The whole Bible is built around this Beautiful Story of Christ,
and His promise of Life Eternal to those who accept Him. The Bible
was written that men might Believe, and Understand, and Know, and
Love, and Follow CHRIST.
Christ the Centre and Heart of the Bible, the Centre of History,
is the Centre and Heart of Our Lives.
Our Eternal Destiny is in His hand. Our Acceptance, or Rejection,
of Him, determines, for each of us, Eternal Glory, or Eternal Ruin;
Heaven, or Hell: one, or the other.
The Most Important Decision any one is ever called on to make is
to settle in his heart, once and for all, the matter of his Attitude
toward Christ. On that everything depends?
It is a Glorious thing to be a Christian, the Most Exalted privilege
of mankind. To accept Christ as Saviour, Lord, and Master, and to
strive sincerely and devotedly to Follow in the Way of Life which
He taught, is certainly, and by far, the most reasonable and most
satisfactory way to live. It means Peace of Mind, Contentment of
Heart, Forgiveness, Happiness, Hope, Life Here and Now, Life abundant
that shall never end.
How can any one be so blind, or so dumb, as to go through life
and Face Death without Christ?
Apart from Christ, what is there, what can there be, either for
This World, or the Next, to make life
Worthwhile. We All have to die. Why try to laugh it off? It seems
like Every Human Being would welcome Christ with Open Arms, and
consider it the Proudest Privilege of his life to wear the Christian
In the last analysis, the dearest, sweetest thing in life is the
consciousness, in the inner depths of our motives, that we live
for Christ; and, though our efforts be ever so feeble, we toil at
our daily tasks, in hope of, in the final round-up, having done
something to lay, in humble gratitude and adoration, as an offering
at His feet.
THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD
Apart from any theory of inspiration, or any theory of how the
Bible books came to their present form, or how much the text may
have suffered in transmission at the hands of editors and copyists,
apart from the question of how much is to be interpreted literally
and how much figuratively, or what is historical and what may be
poetical; if we will assume that the Bible is just what it appears
to be, and study its books to know their contents, we will find
there a Unity of Thought indicating that One Mind inspired the writing
and compilation of the whole series of books; that it bears on its
face the stamp of its Author; that it is in a unique and distinctive
sense the word of God.
There is a present day view, held rather widely in certain intellectual
circles that the Bible is a sort of agelong story of man's efforts
to find God: a record of man's experiences reaching after God, gradually
improving his idea of God by building on the experiences of preceding
generations. In those passages, so abundant in the Bible, in which
it is said that God spoke, God, according to this view, did not
really speak; but men put their ideas in language professing to
be the language of God, while in reality it was only what men imagined
about God. The Bible is thus reduced to the level of other books,
and is made to appear, not a Divine book, but a history book pretending
to be Divine.
We reject this view utterly, and with abhorrence. We believe the
Bible to be, not man's account of his effort to find God, but rather
an account of God's effort to reveal Himself to man: God's own record
of His dealings with men, in His unfolding revelation of Himself
to the human race: the Revealed Will of the Creator of Man, given
to Man by the Creator Himself, for Instruction and Guidance in the
Ways of Life.
The books of the Bible were composed by human authors; and it is
not even known who some of the
authors were. Nor is it known just how God directed these authors
to write. But it is asserted that God did direct them; and these
books must be exactly what God wanted them to be.
There is a difference between the Bible and all other books. Authors
may pray for God's help and guidance; and God does help and guide;
and there are many good books in the world which unmistakably God
has helped the authors to write. But even so, even the most saintly
of authors would hardly presume to claim for his books that God
wrote them. But that is claimed for the Bible.
God Himself superintended and directed and dictated the writing
of the Bible books, with the human authors so completely under His
control that the writing was the writing of God. The Bible is GOD'S
WORD in a sense that No Other Book in the World is God's Word.
It may be that some Bible utterances are "ancient thought-forms"
for ideas that we express in a different way; for they were expressed
in language of ancient times. But even so, the Bible contains precisely
the things that God wants mankind to know, in exactly the form in
which He wants us to know them. And to the end of time the wonderful
Book will remain the one and only answer to humanity's quest for
The Bible, composed by many authors, over a period of many centuries,
yet ONE BOOK, is, in itself, the outstanding Miracle of the Ages,
bearing aloft its own evidence of its Superhuman Origin.
Everybody ought to Love the Bible. Everybody ought to be a Regular
Reader of the Bible. Everybody ought to strive to Live by the Bible's
teachings. The Bible ought to have Central Place in the Life and
Working of Every Congregation and in Every Pulpit.