The Unique Nature of Scripture

by Gene Taylor

While the world is filled with many books, with more being published every day, there is only one book from God. That book is the Bible. The word "Bible" means the book. Actually, though, it is not just one book but rather a compilation of sixty-six books.

These sixty-six books were written by about forty authors over a period of some 1600 years. These different men were found in different circumstances. Often they never knew one another. Yet, they wrote on the same general theme -- the salvation of man. More unique is the fact that in all their writings there are no contradictions.

Many facts about "The Book of Books" are quite unique for the Bible, when compared to other books, is a strange book.

The Bible was the first book printed (in 1450 A.D.), yet, it was never copyrighted. It has the widest circulation of any book that has ever existed. It is found in libraries, hotels, offices of government, etc. It has been the greatest influence for good in the history of mankind. Wherever the Bible has gone civilization has been raised to a higher level of morality. Many civil laws that make life better for man have their origin in the Bible.

It is also a significant book in other ways. It is man's sole source for the creation of his world and the origin of life. It gives him his only information on God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. While it is not the only book that refers to a life after death, it is the only one where promises concerning that life have been fulfilled and man's hope in it substantiated. It makes all of this known in plain, understandable language and form.

In Ephesians 3:1-5, the apostle Paul states emphatically that the person who reads Scripture can have the same understanding that he had of the mystery of Christ. To gain that understanding, though, one must first desire to have knowledge of the Bible and then begin a systematic, logical study of it.

The Bible can be studied in a sytematic way because is a systematic book which reveals a logical plan and purpose. It is a purpose which involves the glory of God, the love of Christ and the salvation of mankind. The Bible is not, as some would suggest, a conglomeration of stories and wise sayings scattered about haphazardly without logic or system. If one logically studies it while considering its overall theme, the salvation and redemption of mankind, he can understand and profit from it. With diligent effort (2 Timothy 2:15), the mystery of God in Jesus Christ can be unlocked and applied.

The Bible is unique in that it makes promises and warnings no other book does. It promises to enlighten (Psalm 19:9; 119:130); give understanding (Psalm 119:130); be better than gold (Psalm 19:10); save (James 1:21; Romans 1:16); sanctify (John 17:7); judge (John 12:48); and endure forever (John 12:48). It warns of sin (Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:20; Rev. 21:8). It also warns everyone to neither add to the word of God contained in it (Rev. 22:18) nor take away from it (Rev. 22:19). It warns all not to teach or accept anything else (Galatians 1:6-9).

The Bible is likewise unique because it fills all of mankind's greatest needs spiritually (2 Peter 1:3). It answers mankind's greatest questions -- questions which man has pondered since the dawn of time -- "Where did I come from?" "Why am I here?" "Where am I going?" No other literary work has the answers to these questions.

Yes, the Bible is unique in many ways. No other written work begins to compare to the inspired Scriptures. That uniqueness gives evidence to the fact that the Bible is from God and not a product of man's wisdom. Its contents are far superior to anything man has ever devised because of its source -- Jehovah God. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).