“Man does not live by bread alone; but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4
The Bible is the set of writings understood by Christians to be God’s Word, revealing his nature and his will for mankind. The word “Bible” is simply a transliteration of the Greek “biblion” which means “book” and by capitalizing it, the Bible is understood to be the preeminent book, the revelation of God.
The Bible is a collection of 66 different manuscripts called “books” which describe the two Covenants between God and man. The Old Testament is the first 39 books, describing the Old Covenant, God’s covenant with man through the nation of Israel. It was a covenant which met the needs of the people until the time that Jesus came into the world. Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah (or Christ), revealed the New Covenant which is recorded in the New Testament, the latter 27 books of the Bible. The New Covenant is an addition to the Old Covenant and describes the relationship that God desires to have with man, enabled by the work of his Son, Jesus.
The Old Testament lays the foundation for the teachings and events found in the New Testament. The Bible is a progressive revelation. The New Testament is only completely understood when it is seen as a fulfillment of the events, characters, laws, sacrificial system, covenants, and promises of the Old Testament.
If we only had the New Testament, we would come to the gospels and not understand why the Jews were looking for a Messiah. Without the Old Testament, we would not understand why Jesus was coming unless we read the many detailed prophecies that were given concerning Him.
The Old Testament prepared the Israelites for the coming of the Messiah who would sacrifice Himself for the sins of the whole world. The New Testament shares the life of Jesus Christ and then reflects back on what He did and how we are to respond to His gift of eternal life and live our lives in gratitude for all He has done for us.
In both testaments, God reveals Himself to us and how we are to come to Him through Jesus Christ and discover all we need for eternal life and godly living.
The Bible roots the healing process in the Gospel and should not ever be passed over for any self help book. The Bible’s purpose is to exalt Christ, point you to Christ, and assist you to be more like Christ. In emergency situations, it is very important that people are first comforted and regain hope through the Word of God.
Emergency Bible Numbers
- When you are sad, call on John 14
- When you don’t feel loved, call on Romans 8:38-39
- When you have sinned, call on 1 John 1:8-9
- When you are facing danger, call on Psalm 91
- When people have failed you, call on Psalm 27
- When God feel far from you, call on Psalm 139
- When your faith needs encouraging, call on Hebrews 11
- When you are scared, call on Psalm 23
- When you are worried, call on Matthew 6:25-34
- When you are hurt, call on Colossians 3:12-17
- When you feel no one is on your side, call on Romans 8:31-39
- When you are seeking rest, call on Matthew 11:25-30
- When you are suffering, call on Romans 8:18-30
- When you feel you’re failing, call on Psalm 121
- When you pray, call on Matthew 6:9-13
- When you need courage, call on Joshua 1
- When you are in need, call on Philippians 4:19
- When you are hated because of your faith, call on John 15
- When you are losing hope, call on 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
- When you are seeking peace, call on John 14:27
- When you want to do good works, call on John 15
- When you want to live a happy life, call on Colossians 3:12-17
- When you don’t understand what God is doing, call on Isaiah 55:8-9
- When you want to get along with others, call on Romans 12:9-21
“Therefore, whoever reads these words of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24