The Bible is not a book like any other book. The Bible is the Word of God. True, the Bible is written in the words of human beings. It has to be, or we would not understand it. But the Bible makes it clear that its words are the medium for the Word of God. Scripture is “breathed out by God,” our verses for today proclaim. The very Word of God is revealed to us indirectly through the words of human beings. Behind the approximately forty authors of the Bible was the one God who inspired them all.
Since the Bible is the Word of God, it should have a status in our lives that supersedes any other book. We may learn a lot from other books, but the Bible should stand above them as the ultimate standard by which they are assessed. If other books fail to measure up to the standard or if they contradict it in some way, then they should be critically evaluated as such. The Bible gives us perspective and knowledge that cannot be acquired in any other way and, as a result, it should inform, guide, and direct any further search for perspective and knowledge on the world we live in.
Given what the Bible has for us, if you want to be a “man of God,” if you want to be a person who is complete, then you must be a person who has been taught, reproofed, corrected, and trained by the Bible. People who have been trained by the Bible are ready for good works. This does not mean that further training is not necessary, but it does mean that those trained by the Bible are ready to live life as we are meant to live it. Without the perspective and knowledge of life that only the Bible can give we are incomplete human beings in a very fundamental sense.
The Bible should not be just one other book in your collection of books. The Bible should be the book that you give pride of place in your collection of books.
The Bible is the most important book ever written.