Verse of the Day and Devotional 2/15/2024

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by Bible League International

Verse of the Day and Devotional  February 15th, 2024

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And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. – 1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV



Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. Isaiah wrote the book of Isaiah. Jeremiah wrote the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations. Ezekiel wrote the book of Ezekiel. Luke wrote the books of Luke and Acts. There were approximately 40 men who wrote the various books of the Bible over the course of approximately 1,600 years.

Although there is a diversity of authors, a diversity of writing styles, a diversity of historical contexts, a diversity of perspectives and concerns, God lies behind it all as the ultimate author of the Bible. In 2 Timothy 3:16, it says that “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” God worked through every author and used their talents, writing styles, and personalities to say what He wanted to be said.

Given the human dimensions of the Bible with all its diversity and individuality, one can see why some might chalk up the Bible as being nothing more than a creation of human beings and human traditions. That’s why the Apostle Paul thanks God in our verse for today that the Thessalonians received Paul’s message as the Word of God, rather than the word of Paul. You can’t appreciate the Word for what it is apart from the grace of God.

It is by faith that the hearers and readers of the Word accept it as being the Word of God rather than the words of men. And faith is a gift from God, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The next time you hear the Word or read the Word, ask God to give you the grace necessary to receive it in faith as a Word from God for you. Ask that, like the Thessalonians, the Word would go to work in you forming you into everything God wants you to be. And be sure that, like Paul, you thank God for all of this.

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