It is often asked "why the Bible", "what good is it", "how is it relevant"? It should be clear here in Jesus' own words that the Bible is the means provided for sanctification. God has gone to great expense and effort up to Jesus to separate His word from all others. Now that Jesus is here and we see nearly every major and minor prophet's detail and every Old Testament law and shadow and type realized, it should become even clearer that this Bible is the process. Beyond that, to read the words of this prayer, seeing the plan and intentions of Father and Son without veil or hidden parable, it should be determined that the Bible is even more God's single method; more than capable of reaching through the many generations, the many cultures, the many attempts to squelch it. The process of sanctification is the process of setting apart, and that the Bible has miraculously done for all these many years.
The Apostles were not originally chosen based upon their intelligence or piety or political influence nor even stellar personal character, they were chosen on the bases of their ability to receive and retain (keep) the words and teachings delivered to them to the greater audience beyond in complete pure and accurate form. They learned first hand, not from books but from being there and experiencing the Master up close. They were chosen to be a time vessel, a container of testimony, receivers and transmitters across the spectrum of human time.
The Bible is the word of God because it testifies as to the "Word" of God, the physical embodiment of God's complete creative/redemptive/authoritative plan in the person of Jesus Christ. Unlike any other religion or science that stresses human method and means, the Bible stresses the person of Christ. It is the person the "Word" who effects us from the inside out, not our deeds that effect us from the outside in. It is not the ladder we climb up on His behalf, it is the ladder He descended on our's. It is not for our deceitful hearts to collect the data determining God's word, the data is already collected in one person. The word the scripture is to testify of whom this tremendous person the "Word" is. Reject the person and you've rejected the word. It is really all that pure and simple.
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