THE BIBLE IS THE OLDEST Book yet it is never worn out through the ages but it’s ever new throughout its pages. It is the Living Bread which has remained ever fresh and has never gone stale since it was baked. It is the ever green, never drying pasture. It is new every morning. It satisfies the exhausted, thirsty and hungry consumer but it’s never exhausted. It feeds but never makes you fed up. It indeed is the most amazing classic in a class of its own—the greatest and best bestseller of all times. It has no equal and it has never, and will never be beaten throughout eternity.
The Bible is distinctly awesome because of its unparalleled qualities and attributes as well as its Author, power and profit. Ever since it was written, it has been—and still is—the only single voice that is most heard reverberatingly and it’s the only one that is most relevant to (cutting across) all ages, tribes, languages and races of humanity. It is an embodiment of timeless truth that cuts across all spheres of human endeavour. Though not the biggest book on earth, yet it is the best, most complete and most up-to-date volume that needs no revision, editing or up-dating. “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89).
Many a writer, scholar, researcher, etc has either written and/or spoken about the Bible—some in favour and others otherwise. However, the Bible is the only one that can perfectly advocate for itself because it is the infallible word of God Himself. “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39) “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” (Luke 16:17). It is so high and exceedingly important that God even honours it above all His (numerous) names. Psalm 138:2 says “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
As someone testified, I also stand to boldly declare too that the Bible is the word of God ever faithful, ever true, with all of its words full of power—saving the soul, cleansing the heart and setting the captives free. “And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.” (Rev.22:6) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12).
Sir Walter Scott in his poem had this to say of the Bible:
“The mystery of mysteries!
Happiest they of human race
To whom their God has granted grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
To lift the latch, and force the way;
And better had they ne’er been born
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.”
Listen to what the beloved preacher Charles H. Spurgeon’s testimony about the Bible is:
“It is blessed to eat into the very soul of the Bible until at last you come to talk in Scriptural language and your spirit is flavoured with the words of the Lord, so that your blood is BIBLINE and the very essence of the Bible flows from you. Hundreds of times have I felt the presence of God in pages of Scripture.”
That’s why upon this word I stand, having been blessed lots of times myself with this wonderful Book of books which, as a person rightly described, “is the only Book whose Author is always present whenever it is read.”
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.