The Bible is the written record of “the Word of God.” This record came to prophets, apostles, and other spokesmen and “became flesh” in Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus Christ was the Word of God in a unique sense. Through Jesus, God communicated the perfect revelation of himself to humankind.
Before written forms of the Bible came into existence, the Word of God most likely circulated in spoken form. Narratives of the life and ministry of Christ were probably repeated orally for two or more decades before they were given literary form. But the Bible owes its preservation to the fact all of these oral narratives were eventually written.
The original biblical documents – referred to by scholars as the “original autographs – have not survived the ravages of time. No remnants of the authentic biblical authors remain. However, before the original documents disappeared, they were copied. It is on these reproductions of the original writings that modern day biblical translations are based.
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”
– 1 Timothy 3:16
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”
– Philippians 3:12-16
“Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.”
– Psalms 41:1
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” “You have answered correct,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
– Luke 10:25-28
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
– Exodus 20:12