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Introduction to the Sword Bible

The Bible is a book of books, the story of God. It is God’s way of having people come to know Him and His plan for mankind. It is not about organizations, but individuals. It is about the Old Testament believers who by faith form the true family of God throughout eternity.

The Bible reveals that God has existence from eternity past to eternity future and that He is supreme, all knowing, all present, all powerful, and without any equal. “In the beginning” this self-existing God “created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). In that same beginning, “was the Word” and “the Word was with God, and the word was God,” and “all things were made by Him” (John 1:1-3). Also in that same beginning “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). This same Spirit of God is the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who “dwells with you, and shall be in you,” i.e., the One who lives within the heart of every believer. Being all-knowing, God knew of the angels, of the nature of man, and of sin from the beginning.

The Bible also tells us of Satan (Heb. “Adversary”) also called the Devil (Gk. “Slanderer”). He is the “great dragon” of Revelation, “that old serpent called the Devil and Satan” who “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). This “liar” and “father of [lying]” is not just deceptive – he is downright deadly. For, indeed, he “was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). So dangerous is he that believers are commanded to “put on the whole armor of God” to withstand his cunning craftiness (Ephesians 6:11). If believers “resist the devil” (in God’s strength), “he will flee from [them]” (James 4:7. Ultimately, however, God himself will cast the devil (and all his followers) into “the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:10).

The great message of the Bible is Christ: that He came to this earth to live a perfect sinless life, to teach us the truth, and then to die as the true Passover Lamb – as the innocent sacrificial atonement for our sins. Thus the Scriptures boldly proclaim in a thousand way, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31).

The Bible at first may seem difficult for the average person to understand. As, however, the reader yields himself to the Holy Spirit (who will come to dwell within the believer), the Spirit of God will lead the reader first to Himself, and then to a more full knowledge of God and a more complete understanding of His master plan. The Holy Spirit will glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and show the reader God’s perfect live in the compassion of Christ and His touching of needy lives by His holy teachings and by His divine miracles. The reader’s eyes will be opened and he or she will come to see the Lord Jesus Christ who fulfilled the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament (John 14:21, 26; 15:26-27; 16:8-15).

Then the reader will also discover that the Old Testament is not dry reading, but it is the foundation for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, as He is seen in the ancient prophecies and types. This is true because “Christ is in the Old Testament concealed, and in the New Testament revealed.” Christ is then seen in the New Testament as the true and sinless man, and as th true and faithful One, God the Son – our King, our Prophet, and our High Priest.

Because the Bible is God’s sacred message to mankind, it is often referred to as God’s Word. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that it is “given by inspiration of God.” Our Lord declared that “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). 2 Peter 1:21 affirms that the Bible is not really of human origin, but rather “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

The depth of this message is so vast that, although the message of salvation from sin may be in its essence simple, yet for a greater comprehension of God an a closer walk with Him, many readings of the Bible are required with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

It is thus the prayer of the publisher of this Bible that you will seek that deeper understanding by diligently reading and studying these sacred pages. May it bring new joy and blessing into your life.

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