Does God Love You? You Own Tangible Evidence.

The Gospel Coalition | 7/22/2019 | Matt Smethurst
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When was the last time the Bible astonished you? I don’t mean something in the Bible. I mean the Bible itself.

Perhaps you’re not entirely sure what I’m talking about. The Bible’s existence? That’s always struck you as a given, not a miracle.

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I can relate. As a kid, I respected the Bible. I even planned to read it cover to cover one day. But compared to my glossy album of basketball trading cards, it simply lacked luster. I’ll get around to it, I must’ve thought while staring at the shelf. Yawn.

For years I continued to affirm the truthfulness of Scripture with my lips while functionally neglecting it with my life. Even though I genuinely trusted God and knew much about his Word, I maintained a respectful ambivalence toward it that lasted through high school. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that things decisively changed.

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So what was I missing? What did I fail to grasp, or even consider, for almost two decades? I was missing what the existence of God’s Word proves about God himself.

If the existence of the Bible reveals anything about God, it’s that he’s a talker. He could have remained silent. He really could have. But he didn’t. Your Bible is tangible evidence that the Maker of the universe is a communicator; he initiates, reveals, and speaks.

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There are, after all, only two options when it comes to knowledge of our Creator: revelation or speculation. Either he speaks, or we guess.

And he has spoken. As someone once put it, the God of heaven and earth forfeited “his personal privacy” to befriend us. I love that. Your Bible is like an all-access pass into the revealed mind and heart of God.

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Your Bible is like an all-access pass into the revealed mind and heart of God.

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