The Centrality of The Bible
John Piper says:“We are a people of the Book. We know God through the Book. We meet Christ in the Book. We see the cross in the Book. Our faith and love are kindled by the glorious truths of the Book. We have tasted the divine majesty of the Word and are persuaded that the Book is God’s inspired and infallible written revelation. Therefore, what the Book teaches matters…
There is no salvation from sin and guilt and condemnation and hell apart from faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:13-17; 1 John 5:12). And there is no other authority besides the Scriptures to show you who Christ is and to give you his Word. So don’t leave the Bible, children. Don’t leave the Bible, young people. Don’t neglect the Bible, dads and moms. Don’t ignore the Bible, single people. Under God, the “sacred writings,” the Scriptures, are the greatest treasure in the world. They alone make us wise unto salvation through Christ. O don’t neglect this Book!”
Posted on December 17, 2010, in Christianity, Contemporary Church Culture and tagged bible, christianity, Desiring God, Gospel, hell, Jesus, John Piper, salvation, Scripture. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
While I appreciate John’s litany of praise for the Bible, the pedant in me has to point out that “faith comes from *hearing*” (Romans 10:17)
My personal favourite text like this is from the song “The Word is Alive” by Casting Crowns:
“The Bible was inscribed over a period of two thousand years
In times of war and in days of peace. By kings, physicians, tax collectors, farmers, fishermen, singers, and shepherds. The marvel is that a library so perfectly cohesive could have been produced by such a diverse crowd
Over a period of time which staggers the imagination. Jesus is its grand subject, our good is its design, and the glory of God is its end”
“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”
John Quincy Adams
The Scripture is indeed the final authority for me, this side of Heaven, that instructs, corrects, guides, and encourages. I can trust in His Word because He wrote it and will never go against it. If He did, He would then be just another liar in a world of liars. Thankfully, He is not a man nor a son of man that He should lie, or promise and not fulfill. His Word is Jesus.
That is more than good enough for me.