Lincoln and The Bible

    It fascinated me that President Obama took His oath of office, January 20, 2009, on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible.  March 4, 1861, Lincoln placed his hand on that Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution as the President of the United States.  Many of us are convinced that Lincoln cannot be expained apart from his faith in God and his growing love for Christ and the Bible.  Lincoln’s Bible is bound in burgundy velvet with gold-washed white metal rim around the three outside edges of both covers.  All its edges are heavily gilded.  In the center of the top cover is a shield of gold wash over white metal with the words, “Holy Bible” engraved into it.
    Lincoln treasured the Bible.  In September of 1864, he said, “In regard to this Great Book, I have only to say that it is the best gift that God has given to man.  All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicate to us through this Book.  But for this Book we could not know right from wrong.  All things desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”
In his Second Inaugural Address there are “fourteen references to God, four direct quotations from Genesis, Psalms and Matthew, and other illusions of Scriptural teaching.  Lincoln believed in the Bible as the inspired Word of God.  The Bible was his constant companion.  He habitually carried a pocket
copy of the New Testament with him.  On his desk in Washington there was always a well- worn copy of the Bible, evidence of the fact that he turned to it daily for counsel, inspiration, and guidance.
Prayer and Bible study had a large place in Mr. Lincoln’s life. He wrote to his old friend, Mr. Joshua Speed: “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith.”

    We use to sing this chorus: “The B I B L E , yes, that’s the book for me.  I stand alone on the Word of God, the B I B L E.”
“The Bible is our only rule for faith and practice.”  “The Bible only makes Christians only.”  The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself, the adequate piece of His mind.  The Bible reveals the will of God for man. The Bible is not a history of man’s effort to find God. It is an account of God’s effort to reveal Himself to man.   The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus  All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”   2 Timothy 3: 15-17  NIV

God has spoken through the Bible and expects His Word to be understood, trusted and obeyed. 

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