The Gift of the Bible

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Reading: John 5: 36-47.
Watch Miles’s Sermon.

During Queen Elizabeth’s II coronation, she was dressed in finery with a priceless crown and mace of authority.
The Archbishop presented her with the Bible “…we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords…”
The Bible is seen as the most valuable thing in the world, more than lands, worldly power, gold, and jewels.

Psalm 119: 72 “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”
The best way to know the Bible is to read it. It reveals God’s character, it shows us what God is like.

If we stray from his word then we will accept nonsense.
We need to check the Bible for ourselves when someone mentions something coming from God or the Bible – as did the Bereans in Acts 17: 10-11:
10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Heresy enters the Church through the front door if the Bible is not revered.

When the Bible is honoured in my heart that is when I meet God afresh.

The Bible is powerful – it has the power of God. When Jesus met the devil in the wilderness Jesus answers back using Scripture.
The bestselling book of all time is the Bible with over 500 million sales a year. That is more than all the Harry Potter books put together.
The compilers of book bestseller lists don’t bother to put the Bible on their lists because they know it’s always going to be No.1 every week, every month, every year – forever.

The Bible is so powerful because it changes lives. It is our story that we make a contribution to. The Bible is there to be lived. We are people of the Book.

It is living, it is vital.

Read your Bible.
Live it.
Share it.