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THE “GOOD” BOOK
Victor M. Eskew
A. The Bible has been called by three common names.
1. Bible: from the Latin word “biblia” meaning “book.”
2. Holy Scriptures (II Tim. 3:15)
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3. Word of God (Heb. 4:12)
For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discern-er of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
B. There is another name for the Bible that is not found in the Bible itself, but it has been used by old-timers for years, “The Good Book.”
1. “Good” involves that which if favorable, sound, and worthy of honor.
2. In this lesson, we will be discussing “why” the Bible is the “Good” Book.
I. THE “GOOD” BOOK IS FROM A GOOD GOD
A. II Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
1. The Bible is “God-breathed.”
2. The Bible contains the words and thoughts of God Himself.
B. This God is a good God.
1. Psalm 107:1
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2. Everything about Him is good: His thoughts, His actions, His plans, His desires. He is a perfect and holy God having no evil or corruption at all.
II. THE “GOOD” BOOK CONTAINS A GOOD STORY
A. God created man and put him in a beautiful paradise called “Eden.”
1. Everything was very good (Gen. 1:31).
2. Man was given only one negative requirement (Gen. 2:17).
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
B. Man sinned against his Creator and was punished (Gen. 3, esp. vs. 23-24).
Therefore the Lord sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
C. Man’s soul was now in jeopardy. God, however, instigated a plan to redeem fallen man.
1. This plan was set in motion in the garden (Gen. 3:15).
2. The plan would satisfy the demands of divine justice (Ezek. 18:20) and rescue mankind from eternal wrath.
This plan involved the love
of God and was expressed in the giving of His Son on
In this was manifest the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
D. God’s plan to save man is revealed in the Bible. The conditions whereby we can be saved are found within its pages (Tit. 2:11-12; Rom. 1:16-17).
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.
E. This story is so good that one song we sing refers to it as the “Wonderful Story of Love.” The writer is so enthralled with the story that he exclaims: “Tell it to me again!”
III. THE “GOOD” BOOK DOES MAN GOOD
A. There are many people, some who profess to be Christians, who believe the Word of God is too binding and restrictive.
B. God’s Word, however, is meant to do man good.
1. The Word of God cleanses us (Ps. 119:9).
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.
2. The Word of God keeps us from sin (Ps. 119:11).
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
3. The Word of God strengthens (Ps. 119:28).
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according to thy word.
4. The word of God provides salvation (Ps. 119:41).
Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
5. The Word of God comforts in affliction (Ps. 119:50).
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
C. They key to one’s perception of the Word is the quality of a man’s heart.
1. The heart must be humble and lowly.
2. The heart must be eager and receptive.
3. Psalm 119:112
I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end.
IV. THE “GOOD” BOOK PROVIDES US WITH MANY GOOD EXAMPLES
When Paul wrote to the
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted…Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
B. I was thinking about the first six chapters of Genesis. There many lessons found in these chapters, but three great principles are easily highlighted.
1. A lesson on disobedience from Adam and Eve (Gen. 3).
2. A lesson on worship from Cain and Abel (Gen. 4).
3. A lesson on obedience from Noah (Gen. 6).
V. THE “GOOD” BOOK ENDS WITH A GOOD ENDING
A. The ending of the Bible presents victory for the faithful child of God.
B. Revelation portrays the defeat of the Lord enemies. They are cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.
1. The beast and the false prophet (Rev. 19:20).
2. The devil (Rev. 20:10).
3. The wicked and defiled (Rev. 21:8).
C. The book also presents the salvation of the redeemed in the new heavens and new earth and New Jerusalem.
1. Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall their be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
2. Revelation 21:17
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
3. Revelation 22:3-4
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
A. Yes, the Bible is the “Good Book.”
B. Why would anyone want to be in opposition to it?
C. Why would anyone who calls himself a Christian fail to submit fully to it?
D. Psalm 119:34
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.