The Bible is the most popular book in the world and the top bestseller of all time. According to Guinness World Records, about 5 billion copies of the Bible have been sold. The Wycliffe Global Alliance documents that the entire Bible has been translated into 683 languages. Parts of it have been translated into more than 3,300 languages. It is the most-printed, most-purchased and most freely distributed book in the world!
The Bible is an astonishing book. Over 40 different writers from many different walks of life—including monarchs, shepherds, military leaders, philosophers, farmers and fishermen—were used to write it, and it was written over a period of about 1,600 years! Yet the Bible stands alone in its harmony and agreement. There are no contradictions in the original text (John 10:35).
The Holy Bible truly is a remarkable and extraordinary book. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God ….” In the original Greek language, the word for inspiration means divinely breathed in, or God-breathed. In other words, God personally coordinated the Bible’s development. He directly inspired its writing. The Bible is the authoritative Word of God in print. It is a supernatural feat. This book is a miracle!
When the King James Old Testament was established, it was separated into 39 books and reorganized as we have it today. This was not how the Jews had structured it, however, and they were the ones to whom God had committed His oracles (Romans 3:1-2). The Jews originally organized the Scriptures into three sections on 22 scrolls (or books). The Law included five books: Genesis through Deuteronomy. The Prophets were organized into seven books, and the Writings contained 10 books.
If you add the 22 books and three sections of the Old Testament with the 27 books and four sections of the New Testament (the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Revelation), there are a total of 49 books and seven sections of the Bible. These numbers carry divine meaning: Seven is the number of completion, and 49 is seven times seven, signifying absolute completion.
The seven divisions and 49 books of the Bible are not an accident. The Bible was designed that way by God to show that His revelation is complete in the sense that not one book of the Bible has been lost. Not one book is missing!
We will cover four ways to prove that the Bible is the Word of the Almighty Creator God—four ways to prove that this book is His divine revelation to man.