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BIBLE The Only Book That Will Bring Change to Man We are commanded to search the scripture for only there you will find ETERNAL LIFE Jn 5:39 John 5:39 Search the scripture for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify of me. Reference verses: Is 8:20, 34:16 & Luke 24:27 One of the world’s greatest educators, Timothy Dwight said: “The Bible is the window in this window through which we may look into eternity”. If life is only good for 60-70 years, then where is the HOPE!!! Eternity: eternal home (heaven) or eternal punishment (hell & lake of fire) We are told that the Scripture is Divinely Inspired to study the word of God to be Approved of God 2 Tim 2:15 2 Tim 2:15 study to show thyself approve unto God, a workman that needed not ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Reference verse: 2 Pet 1:10 – be diligent Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States said: “No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the Bible”. It is full of wisdom and spiritual life that can redirect man’s destination from destruction to progress, death to life, darkness to light, confusion to clarity & distress to hope. We are told that the Scripture is Divinely Inspired and is profitable to us in all areas of life 2 Tim 3:16-17 2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness V17 that the man of God be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Reference verse: 1 Tim 1:10 General William K. Harrison said: “The Bible is the word of God given by His inspiration for our use and benefit.” We are exhorted that the Bible has the power to convict and convert a man Heb 4:12 Heb 4:12 for the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any 2-edged sword piercing even to the diving asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart Reference verses: Ps 147:15, Isa 49:2, Eph 6:17, 1 Cor 14:24-25 Historian Arnold J. Toyribee said: “It pierces through the intellect and plays directly upon the heart” The Bible is said to be a reflecting mirror where we see ourselves lost and sinners Jas 1:21-25 Reference verses: Col 3:8, Acts 13:26, Matt 7:21-28 Luke 6:47 Jas 2:12 John 13:17 The great American lawyer Benjamin Franklin said: “Young men, my advice to you is that you cultivate an acquaintance with, and a firm belief in the Holy Scripture. The Word of God is the lamp and the light in the sin-centered world – Psalm 119:105 Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto thy path. Reference Verse: Prov 6:23 The great physicist Michael Faraday said: “Why will people go astray when they have this blessed book to guide them”. The Bible will separate man from SIN Ps 119:11 or SIN will separate man from the Bible Isa 59:2 Psalm 119:11 thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against THEE. Reference Verse: Ps 37:31 Luke 2:19 Isa 59:2 but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that He will not hear. Reference verse: Isa 1:2 Philosopher Horace Greeley said: “It is impossible to mentally or socially enslace a bible-reading people. The Bible tells of God’s love to man John 3:16 Rom 5:8 John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Rom 5:18 God commendeth his love toward us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th and greatest US president that ever lived said: “but for this book, we could not know right from wrong. I believe that the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man”, The Bible is the only way for a man to cleanse his evil life Ps 119:9 Psalm 119:9 wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. World leader Haile Selassie said: “The Bible is not only a great book of historical reference but it is also a guide for daily life and for this reason I respect it and love it” The Bible is the only book that will endure forever 1 Pet 1:24-25 1Pet 1:24 who His own self bare our sins in Hid own body on the tree that we being dead to sins, should leave unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. V25 for ye were a sheep going astray but are now returned unto the shepherd and bishop of your soul. Reference verse: Isa 40:6-8 James 1:10 The 34th US president Dwight D. Eisenhower has to say about the bible: “In the highest sense the Bible is to us a unique repository of eternal spiritual truths.” Conclusion It tells us of our spiritual need. We need God!