How On Earth Was the Bible Composed and Compiled?

Episode 531 Show Notes 

From the Show

God in his providence inspired the word of God but also preserved it. He used men and women, the church, to preserve it so that we, today, might receive it as Scripture so that, as Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, we might submit to the teaching of the Word of God. And that is the most important thing.

We have the Scriptures. Do we listen to them? Do we receive the one that they placard before us, Jesus? Do we know him and follow him? We have God’s word. Let’s hear it with open ears.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Sometimes I feel like the most inspirational verses in the Bible actually leave me feeling hopeless. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I’m not always happy, I don’t always pray, and I often forget to be thankful. If this is God’s will for me, why do I have such a hard time living it out?

2. I heard a TV pastor talk about the bible verse, “God is no respecter of persons.” He went on to say that this meant that God does not respect people, only Jesus. Is this correct? I know God loves people, perhaps everyone, but does he respect them?

3. I know the Bible talks about Scripture being God-breathed, but who was the first person that started writing the Bible, and how has everything been compiled into one book?

4. How can I reach out, on a spiritual level, to a friend and fellow Christian who has fallen away to drugs and alcohol and has seemingly lost his love for the Lord?

Resources

God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible by J. I. Packer

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