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It Begins and Ends with Speaking

It Begins and Ends with Speaking

Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

There is a sense in which the Bible is a biography, in which it is the story of God. It reveals God by describing what he has done and what he has said, for if the living God is to be known, “He must make Himself known, and He has done this in the acts and words recorded in Scripture.”

The Bible begins with God speaking: “Let there be light.” And the Bible ends with God speaking: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon’” (Revelation 22:20). Between those two declarations are 66 books; 1,189 chapters; and just over 31,000 verses, each of which exists to tell us who our God is and what our God has done.

If we are to know God, he must make himself known. Through Scripture he has done exactly that. What a blessing, what an honor, and what a privilege that God has spoken and made himself known, for this is his grace to us.


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