“It is important to comprehend the price that was paid so that we can have our own Bibles to read every day. Almost as important is remembering to take advantage of that freedom every day.”
Jesus Freaks II
And I would say, it is equally important to take advantage of that freedom. This quote expresses my appreciation for the Word of God, especially after I’ve read it cover to cover. Coupled with the books I’ve read about the persecuted church and of the many who dedicated their lives to ensure the Word passed from one generation to the next, I am humbled, blessed and in awe, to be so enriched to hold and inquire of the Word of God. What responsibility, accountability, knowledge, treasure, spiritual wealth, and stewardship I’ve been been entrusted!!
‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ I’ve been given the complete written Word of God, on whose pages shout the love, mercy, judgement, and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Himself. The blood of those “of whom the world is not worthy” has mixed with our Saviour’s, to place His truth into my hands! I am eternally grateful!! (quote:me)
To fully appreciate the blessings, history, and cost in life to have one Bible, or for some, dozens, I recommend reading up on church history, the persecuted church, and biographies of the apostles and early church leaders. In an earlier post, I discussed why I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Now you can read about the devotion of those who sacrificed everything for Jesus and the truth of His Word:
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1959.
Chenu, Bruno, et al. The Book of Christian Martyrs. Translated by John Bowden, NY: Crossroads Publishing Company, 1990.
dc Talk. Jesus Freaks I. Tulsa, OK: Albury Publishing, 1999.
dc Talk. Jesus Freaks II. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2002.
Foxe, John. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Edited by Harold J. Chadwick, Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2001.
Shelley, Bruce L. Church History in Plain Language 2nd Ed, Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1996.
Wurmbrand, Richard. Tortured for Christ. Bartlesville, OK: Living Sacrifice Book Company, 1967.
This is just for starters. If you like, check out the following links to learn more about present-day believers who still risk their lives if they own a Bible, go to church, or share their faith: