What is the meaning of the word “Bible”? The word “Bible” is derived from the Greek word “Biblios”, meaning a collection of books. The Bible is therefore not one book but a library of books. The Bible is the written Word of God. The “Word of God” means that God has spoken or expressed Himself. God is the author of the Bible, and Holy men of God were used to actually express God’s thoughts in writing, (cf 2 Peter 1:21).
The Bible is not an ordinary book, but the men who wrote it were inspired and moved by God’s Holy Spirit. The books of the Bible were all written at different times and in different places over a period of thousands of years. They were slowly gathered together until we have them all in one book. Between its covers are the answers to every problem of the human condition. The Bible is a wonderful book and no book has had the circulation and influence and impact that the Bible has. Every word is true and remains relevant across time.
Each day we must read the word of God constantly in order to grow in faith. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to teach us individually and guide us towards to the truth. If we don’t read we will never grow in faith. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Our growth comes by reading and exercising our faith through prayer, by using our spiritual gifts and by fellowship with one another at home, at work place and at church.
The Bible is the most unique sacred book in the entire world. We have such a valuable and effective sacred book and we should ask ourselves: How are we using it? How well do we know it? How are we being moulded by it?
Does God’s Word provide the daily nourishments for our faith? God’s word is alive and will change our life. When we hear or read God’s Word and when we are open and receptive to His Word, this will then take root in our lives and transform us. When we make it a habit to read the Bible we are spending quality time with God the Father. We receive nourishment spiritually for our soul through His Word and vital to our spiritual growth. Therefore we must partake in receiving nourishment regularly to live a strong, peaceful spiritual life. When we neglect to receive daily spiritual nourishment from the Word of God we would become weak spiritually, and once again shutting out God’s voice. We must take time to meditate and feed on the Word of God.
Let us through out our lives read the Bible as if it is God Himself speaking to us directly and personally. It will impart to us light, understanding, spiritual food and physical health which will cleanse us, sanctify us, build us up, make us partakers of God’s own nature. And you will be empowered with wisdom to overcome the evil. On this Bible Sunday, let us with humble hearts give thanks to God for the precious gift of His word.
What we should do with the Word of God? Listen. Read daily. Believe in it.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word,” (Ps 119: 9).
HAVE A BLESSED BIBLE SUNDAY
Fr. George Packiasamy