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LESSON 1 BACK TO BASICS BIBLE STUDY

Welcome to our Mailbox Bible Study Course. We trust you will enjoy these lessons as much as we did composing them. We are glad to be able to serve the Lord and you in this way. Many are being saved and helped through these simple Bible lessons. We suggest that you try to do one lesson each week; this will keep your interest in them active. This particular course contains thirty-two lessons on Back to Basics Bible Studies. Read through this lesson carefully and complete the answers to the lesson by clicking on this word here "LESSON AND TEST IN MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT" and then save it to your computer. Once you have answered all the questions in the test, attach the test questions or copy and paste them into an email addressed to email.bible.lessons@gmail.com with your name and email address and send it to us. We will then evaluate and return any corrections to you with your next lesson. On completion of the full course you will receive a beautifully presented certificate. Should you have difficulty opening these files or sending the email please let us know by return email. We suggest that you print these lessons and put them in a binder for future studies.

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LESSON 1: BACK TO BASICS


LIST OF SUBJECTS IN THE COURSE


The Bible                                                                                                      Sin

Conscience                                                                                                   Law

Grace                                                                                                           Divine Wrath

Eternal Life                                                                                                   The Cross

Resurrection                                                                                                 The Ascension

Gospel                                                                                                          Reconciliation

Substitution                                                                                                   Justification

Repentance                                                                                                   Faith

Redemption                                                                                                  Holiness

Sanctification                                                                                                Priesthood

The World                                                                                                    The Flesh

The Devil                                                                                                      The Person Of Christ


THE BIBLE: A MIRACLE OF INSPIRATION

God Has Spoken That the great Creator wishes human beings to know and enjoy Him is evident from the voice of the Heavens. Men have recognized the wonders of His handiwork in the sun, moon and stars from earliest times and all the cultures have left their witness to their recognition of His eternal power and Godhead. Creation alone, however, does not reveal God as He is, however much the wisest of earth discern His providence and wisdom in the orbs of space and their impact upon earth, or in the infinite variety of beauty and intricacy of life in the flowers, birds and insects, plants and animal life, as well as fishes, on the earth itself. Even the wonders of the human body are beyond the capacity of men to fully understand. Creation tells unceasingly of the skill and incomparable wisdom and power of a faithful Creator. But more wonderful than all that is to be seen and heard in material things, is the existence of a revelation of truth and knowledge, which we now know familiarly as the Bible. The ways and purposes of God have been conveyed by Him to men in written form over a period of some two thousand years. Of course, there have been hundreds of other sacred writings, revered by religious groups of East and West, claiming to be the voice of God. None of them, however, can stand the tests of inspiration that mark the Bible, nor have they the harmony and consistency, which mark the truth of God. How Did God Speak? We know that before there were written Scriptures, God spoke to men by revelation, sometimes in visions, sometimes in dreams, and occasionally by angelic visits. Moses was the first man to whom God gave instructions to preserve the truth He was making known, in the form of writing in a book (Exodus 17:14). Eventually, these writings were to form the “Books of Moses” called “The Law” which was committed to Joshua and the people of Israel, and later to be augmented by the inspired writings of the prophets raised up by God, including kings like David, Solomon and Hezekiah. By the time the promised Messiah came to earth, fulfilling great numbers of the written prophecies of the ancient Scriptures, there was already in existence a collection of sacred Hebrew books (and a Greek translation made in Alexandria about 125 B.C.) termed, “The Scriptures,” comprising “The Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms” (Luke 24:41; 2 Timothy 3:15). The apostle Peter tells us that these inspired writings did not come about by human will and choice but that “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved (inspired) by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). God continued to do this for the Books of the “New Testament,” the gospels, the Acts and the epistles, which were finally completed by the Book of the Apocalypse. Commenting on this under inspiration himself, the apostle Paul tells us that all scripture was given by “In breathing of God.” Exactly how this took place we do not know but the inspired truth of revelation was in this way put into a form, which brought the complete Word of God within the reach of all men. The Theme of the Bible: There is no inspired index in the New Testament telling us what the subjects and historical accounts of the Bible’s sixty-six books are all about God does not do things after human fashion. But there are many Statements throughout these holy scriptures, which stress that the central theme of all prophecy and the great Subject of all inspired writings is a Person—Himself bearing the title of “The Word of God.” The Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in flesh when here on earth, is the eternal Word, Who was in the form of God before creation existed, and Who came into Manhood as the full and perfect expression of the Godhead (John 1:1-5). In many ways, God foretold and foreshadowed the eventual advent to earth of the only One Who would deal with the problem of sin and bring in everlasting righteousness and blessing. It is the record of this that constitutes the books written before Christ came. After His death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to bear witness of Him in a new way, and the New Testament books are His continuing testimony to the results of Christ’s work on the cross and the future effects upon all creation, including His second coming and reign. In modern times, not only have complete sets of the inspired books of the Bible become available in thousands of translations, but the distribution of God’s Word has brought it within the reach of millions, not only in written form, but in the widespread reading and preaching of its truth across the world, in radio and television. Dear reader, have you read the Bible? Do you read it? Have you listened to its message about the only Saviour? In our next few bulletins we shall examine a number of simple but wonderful features about the Bible, which endorse its message.


GOD HAS GIVEN US HIS WORD. DO WE HEAR IT?

 

THE BIBLE: AUTHORITATIVE AND DYNAMIC

Not the Words of Men: One of the most striking differences between the Bible and other books, including the most sacred religious times of the east, is the repeated emphasis upon the fact that God Himself is the Author and Origin of what is written. Not only are we faced with declarations and commandments preceded by such assertions as “Thus saith the Lord,” but we are told that they are being conveyed in words which the Holy Spirit Himself caused to be written. This is as true of Old as it is of New Testament writings. “Moses wrote all the words of the Lord” (Exodus 24:4); David, many years later explained that, “The Spirit spoke by me, and His Word was in my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2). So also Jeremiah was instructed by God to “Take a roll of a book and write in it all the words that I have spoken” (Jeremiah 36:2). When the New Testament writers imparted to the early Christians the truth that God directed them to put on record, the character and authority of their writing were similarly underlined, as we see emphasized by the apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians: “Now we have received ... the Spirit from God, that we might know the things that are freely given us by God; which things we speak, not in the words that man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches (1 Corinthians 2:12-13). It is for such reasons that, when we read the Bible, we are confronted with the voice of God speaking to us. The Lord Jesus reminded the confused Sadducees of that day that their ignorance stemmed from not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God; and in answering one of their questions He cited the Book of Exodus, saying, “have you not read what was spoken to you by God?” (Matthew 23:31). To the astonishment of the Scribes and Pharisees, He placed His own words on the same pinnacle: “Heaven and earth shall pass away but My words shall never pass away! ̓̓ (Matthew 5:18). Dear reader, do you realize that the Bible speaks to you with the authority of the God Who made the universe? Even an enemy of God’s people (Balaam) once declared, as he realized the impossibility of frustrating God’s purposes of blessing, “Has He not said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good!” (Numbers 23:23). The Bible Displays Divine Dynamism: Because the Bible is indeed God’s Word, its effects upon all who face its challenge reflect the power of its Author. “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of joints and marrow, and is a discerner (critic) of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). What no skilled technician can do, even with a laser beam, God does through His Word: He distinguishes between the sensual and the spiritual in the heart, and He brings men and women to realize their guilt and accountability to Him. The story is told of an infidel who wrote on the wall of his house, for the benefit of his friends, “GOD IS NOWHERE!” A little girl, of whom he was fond, saw the words and said to him, ‘‘Uncle is that true? Is God really NOW HERE?” The child’s words re-echoed the exclamation of Jacob long ago, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not! ̓̓ (Genesis 28:10) and the atheist felt them burn into his conscience. But the word of God brings more than the conviction of sin, it tells the good news of God’s love and how He has made possible peace with Him and forgiveness through His Son. This news, the gospel of Christ, is “The power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Has the Bible changed you? Unless it does, it will condemn you at the last judgment! (John 12:48). The Bible is Indestructible: History shows bitter and relentless hatred has been displayed in every form of opposition to the existence and distribution of this remarkable book. Even so, it has withstood the iron tooth of time and has remained unimpaired by all the physical and intellectual strength of its opponents. Pretended friends have tried to corrupt and betray it; kings and rulers have combined all their powers to banish it; the fires of persecution have raged to consume it as well as those who sought to make it available to others. But it remains unaffected by all these attacks and one by one, its opponents have crumbled into dust. Voltaire, the French atheist, boasted that within a few years of his own writings against it, the Bible would be forgotten. He died and is buried, with most of his works. His house was occupied by a Bible Society and millions of copies of the Bible and Scripture portions were distributed there. So also Thomas Paine, whose “Age of Reason̓̓ has itself become almost a forgotten book, exemplified the folly of despising the Bible; it is the world’s best seller! Well did the apostle Peter write, ‘‘The Word of the Lord abides forever? ̓̓ (1 Peter 1:25).

 


TEST LESSON 1: BACK TO BASICS

Place a T (True) or F (False) for your answer at the beginning or end of the question;

1. God reveals Himself completely in creation. = True: ..................... False: ....................

2. Moses was the first man to write a book from God. - True: ..................... False: ....................

3. There are sixty-three books in the Bible. - True: ..................... False: ....................

4. Men of history has tried to destroy the Bible but failed. - True: ..................... False: ....................

5. The Bible has changed over the ages of time. - True: ..................... False: ....................

Fill in the blank spaces with the correct word/s

6. ...................... men of ...................... spoke as ...................... were ...................... by the ................... ...................

7. God ...................... in the ...................... when here on ...................... is the ...................... word.

8. The ...................... spoke by ......................, and ...................... word ...................... in my ...................... .

9. ...................... and ...................... shall pass ...................... but my ...................... shall ...................... pass .......................

10. The ...................... of the ...................... abides ......................


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