CHRIST AND THE HOLY BIBLE – John 1


No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 1:18 ASV

Christ was both human and divine, and so is the Bible.

The Lord identified himself as one with the Father, and yet he was also the son of the virgin Mary, of the posterity of David and of Abraham.

Likewise, the Bible is in fact the word of God; yet, at the same time, it is the writing by men like Isaiah, Moses, Matthew, Luke, and Paul.

That there is mystery here is certain, and it cannot be explained exactly how this is true; but every child of God knows that these dual qualities of humanity and divinity are found both in Christ and in the Bible.

Christ and the Bible are both “of the Jews.”

Jesus was born of Jewish ancestry, his forbears being the great worthies of the Old Testament; and also the Bible is Jewish, most of its writers being Jews.

The parallel between Christ and the Bible even extends to this, that as there were a few Gentiles conspicuously among the Lord’s fleshly ancestors, such as Ruth and Tamar, there are also some Gentile writers of the Bible, notably Job and the evangelist Luke.

Both Christ and the Bible have been disbelieved, mocked, tried with false trials, and crucified.

The passion and crucifixion of the Lord are well known; but some may not know that during the French Revolution the Bible was publicly tried and condemned, tied to the tail of a donkey which was ridden by a harlot, and dragged through the streets of Paris to the city dump.

In addition, the Nazi party, as well as communist nations like the Soviet Union, Russia, North Korea, and China, to name a few, openly reject the Bible and declare that there is no God!

In Socialism and Communism, humanity is its god(s).

Leaders and dictators of these totalitarian regimes must maintain absolute authority over their people.

There is no room for a living, omnipotent creator of the Universe, let alone a perfect Son, who lived, died, and was raised from the dead before ascending to Heaven with full authority over Earth and Heaven.

The Bible is like the Lord in its crucifixion, being crucified by many who are enemies of the cross of Christ.

Both the Lord and the Bible have triumphed over death.

The Lord by rising from the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, and the Bible by rising from every grave to which it was ever consigned.

One astonishing example of this is seen in the burning of Tyndale’s Bibles at the foot of St. Paul’s cross in London; and the more money that was received from the Bibles that were bought to be burned, the greater the output of presses making more Bibles.

However, the Bible survived another type of death.

As languages changed, there came a time historically when the Bible no longer existed in the language of common men; but with the coming of men like Wycliffe and Tyndale, the Bible cast off the grave clothes of the dead languages in which it was enshrouded; and today it is published in practically every language under heaven.

This subject is rather extensive, and only the barest suggestion of it is included here. John Macmillan’s book, The Crucified and Risen Bible, gives it full treatment.

For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 ASV

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