Among all the books ever written, the Bible is absolutely unique. Actually, it is not just a book—it’s 66 books. And one of its most remarkable qualities is the complete unity of the overall message despite having so many different authors writing over many centuries on hundreds of controversial subjects. Natural explanations fail to account for the supernatural character and origin of Scripture.
The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation.
Shepherds, kings, scholars, fishermen, prophets, a military general, a cup-bearer, and a priest all penned portions of Scripture. They had different immediate purposes for writing, whether recording history, giving spiritual and moral instruction, or pronouncing judgment. They composed their works from palaces, prisons, the wilderness, and places of exile while writing history, laws, poetry, prophecy, and proverbs. In the process they laid bare their personal emotions, expressing anger, frustration, joy, and love.
Yet despite this marvelous array of topics and goals, the Bible displays a flawless internal consistency. It never contradicts itself or its common theme.
66 Books . . . 1 Message
Despite writing in radically different times and contexts, the Bible’s many authors all told the same message about God’s eternal plan, from Creation and the Flood to Christ’s work on the Cross and the consummation of God’s plan. You can find the same truths stated by Moses and the Old Testament prophets, Christ Himself, and Christ’s apostles.
The First Creation
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” —Moses
“By God were all things made.” —the apostle John
“At the beginning God made them male and female.” —Jesus Christ
“Noah went into the ark, and the waters increased greatly, and all flesh died that moved upon the earth.” —Moses
“The world that was then, being overflowed with water, perished.” —the apostle Peter
“Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and took them all away.” —Jesus Christ
Resurrection of Christ
“You will not leave my soul in the grave; neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.” —King David
“Christ was buried and rose again the third day.” —the apostle Paul
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” —Jesus Christ
The New Creation
“I will make a new heavens and a new earth, says the Lord.” —the prophet Isaiah
“I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” —the apostle John
“I go to prepare a place for you.” —Jesus Christ
The unity of Scripture demonstrates its supernatural inspiration. Only the one true, holy God could provide us with such a flawless Bible that reveals such a matchless message: the Lord’s staggering love for His creation.