We write a lot about the Bible. We preach about it. We (ahem…I) blog about it. How we got it. Why you can trust it. How to study it. Ways to apply it.
When was the last time you – or I – simply paused to explore what the Bible has to say about itself.
Today will have no commentary. No video. No unpacking and applying. (Though I highly recommend you have a conversation with God about when and how you can do that!) No ranking in order of importance.
This is simply a list of 17 Bible verses about the Bible.
I have put them in the order you can find them in your Bible (except the last one). One quick note: For this post, I’ve focused on verses that speak of what the Bible is, rather than verses exploring why or how to apply it.
The Bible is perfect (and a whole lot of other things).
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11, NIV
The Bible is right and true.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4, NIV
The Bible is a guide to purity.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9, NIV
The Bible is a source of light and understanding.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130, ESV
The Bible is true and righteous.
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. Psalm 119:160, ESV
The Bible is eternal.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8, ESV
The Bible is effective.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11, NIV
The Bible is life-giving.
Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4, ESV
The Bible is ultimately about Jesus.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me… John 5:39, NIV
The Bible is truth.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17, ESV
The Bible is the Holy Spirit’s weapon.
Take the helmet of salvations and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians, 6:17, NIV
The Bible is from God…not people.
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1Thessalonians 2:13, NIV
The Bible is meant for the community.
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 1 Timothy 4:13, NIV
The Bible is practical.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV
The Bible is alive.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12, NIV
The Bible is given to us from God, through people, by the Holy Spirit.
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21, NIV
The Bible came alive in the person of Jesus.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
I said I wouldn’t give any commentary, but can I have one paragraph? Pretty please? Thanks.
I put John 1:14 last because we must always remember this: Every time we pick up the Bible, we are reading about Jesus. Old Testament and New. We are encountering Jesus. We are connecting with Him. We are in fellowship with Him. We are entering into His story, His life, His Word.
There. Now I’m done.