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Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman
Word #1: The What of The Bible

INTRODUCTION: In order to understand what the Bible says, we must
  understand what the Bible is, what the Bible is not, and how the Bible is
  composed.

  I. What the Bible Is Not:
   A. An anthology;
   B. Any ordinary religious book;
   C. A printed gathering of sayings and stories;
   D. Just a compilation of verses not related to each other;
   E. Does not contain the Word of God.

 II. What the Bible Is:
   A. The very Word of God;
   B. The perfect record of God communicating to human beings;
   C. A complete and connecting story of the historical background of
        and the reason for the coming of The Messiah;
   D. A Record of God's communication to man covering a span c. 1700
        years.

III. How The Bible Is Composed:
   A. The Fivefold Unity of The Bible
      1. Unity of Theme
          The Theme of The Bible: The Coming of The Messiah and His Kingdom
          of Righteousness and Peace.
      2. The Purpose of The Bible: To Teach the Plan of Redemption.
          a. Purpose of The Old Testament: To Present The Lord Jesus Christ
              as The Coming Redeemer.
          b. Purpose of The New Testament: To Present The Lord Jesus Christ
              as The Redeemer Who Came.
      3. The Structural Unity of The Bible: Two Testaments: History,
          Teachings, and Prophecy in each.
      4. The Historical Unity of The Bible: more than forty authors presenting
          one complete, connecting story without contradiction or error.
      5. The Doctrinal Unity of The Bible: a harmony of teaching over a
          span of seventeen centuries.

    B. Four Unique Characteristics of The Bible:
      1. The Inexhaustible Depths of The Bible (Rev. 22:18;19; Deut. 4:2;
          4:32; Eccl. 3:14).
      2. The Indestructibility of The Bible: survived all attempts to eradicate it.
      3. The Unique Ability of The Bible: to Change Lives.
      4. The Unique Origin of The Bible: God Himself (2 Peter 1:21).

The Bible is exactly what it claims to be, a perfect, supernatural
  record of The Written Word of God.

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