The Perfect Book
Do you ever go back and look at your old yearbooks from high school and wonder, What was I thinking? The hairstyles are always entertaining. Remember when mullets were popular? What was the fascination with mullets?
Even as styles change and our culture changes, the Word of God never does. The Bible is never out of date.
The psalmist David declared, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" (Psalm 19:7). The phrase "the law of the Lord" is a Hebrew term used to define the Scriptures. It’s a word that speaks of the perfection of the Scriptures. The verse could be translated, "The Word of God is whole; it is complete" or "The Word of God is efficient."
We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16–17, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." We know that God’s Word is sufficient. It is infallible. The original autographs, the first copies, were without error.
Not long ago I was watching a pastor being interviewed on a news show. He was being pressed on what the Bible says about some issues that aren’t popular in our culture today. The interviewer asked, "Don’t you think it’s time for us to drag the Bible kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century?"
I thought, Oh my. That is the whole problem: we’ve ignored the Bible. The Bible never goes out of date. The news goes out of date—quickly—but never the Word of God. The Word of God is an adequate book. It is a sufficient book. And it is a perfect book.