Isaiah 34:16 Easy-to-Read Version
16 Look in the Lord’s scroll and read what it says: Not one of these will be missing. Not one will be without its mate. God said he would make this happen, so his Spirit will bring them together.
Much thought and discussion went into choosing the books that are in our modern Bible. The Hebrew scrolls had already been established as the 39 books of the Old Testament. Referring to them as the scriptures, Jesus knew and quoted from them. These scriptures formed the base of the Christion Bible, providing the context and history of God’s relationship with mankind. As the church was being established, some apostles began recording their stories to help the new converts follow the teachings of Jesus. By mid 300 AD there were many letters and books being circulated, and claimed to be the truth about Jesus. Church leaders needed to find ways to verify them. They set out three tests that a manuscript had to pass to be considered authentic scripture. It had to be written by an apostle of Jesus with first hand knowledge, or interview witnesses like Luke did. The manuscript had to be written in the first century. Anything written after 100 AD was rejected, which kept the stories recorded close to when they happened for accuracy. The last test took more work, anything written in the manuscript could not contradict anything contained within an already trusted scripture. This required a lot of fact checking and study. Around 400 AD St. Jerome was the first to compile and translate the 39 books of the Old Testament with the 27 books of the New Testament into Latin, commonly referred to as The Vulgate. Some people doubt the validity of the Bible, they think it is incomplete and doesn’t accurately reflect the message God wants to send to humanity. Christians know that just as God used his words to make a covenant with Israel, he uses his words to proclaim Jesus to those called out of this world today. Do you hear the call of God in your life? Do the words of God found in the Bible ring true to you? Are they lacking? Can and did God accurately give his word to the world? If you are in spiritual darkness but crave the light of God, how can you find it?
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 Contemporary English Version
12 But God has given us his Spirit. That’s why we don’t think the same way that the people of this world think. That’s also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us. 13 Every word we speak was taught to us by God’s Spirit, not by human wisdom. And this same Spirit helps us teach spiritual things to spiritual people.
1 Peter 2:9 New Living Translation
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.