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The Bible, as you know, is not merely a collection of books: It is a divine library. It was written during the course of some fifteen centuries, and forty or more authors contributed to it, some of whom we know, some we do not know. It is a book of wonderful variety. There are beautiful love stories which reflect the tenderness and most delicate of human passions; there are stories of political intrigue and maneuvering which rival anything we know in the 20th Century. The whole book is the glorious story of how God became flesh, the immortal became mortal, and the Eternal One became a temporal being like us, for a while, in becoming man. In the story which gathers around this theme, God has incorporated all the truths we need to know about ourselves. In summarizing the Panorama Bible, I found out that, the purpose of revelation aims at the maturing of all of us as individual believers in Christ until, together; we come to fullness of stature and the complete expression of Jesus Christ in the world. It takes the entire Bible to accomplish this, and it takes the work of the Holy Spirit in interpreting this Scripture to us. Revelation, in the full sense, is really Scripture interpreted by the Holy Spirit. We have this book, which was given to us by God, as Paul declared to Timothy: "All scripture is inspired by God," (2 Tim 3:16a RSV). It did not originate with man. Man is only the channel it has come through. "Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit," Peter says, (1 Pet 1:21). The writers of the New Testament sat down and wrote letters, just as we would write them today, expressing their feelings, their reactions, their attitudes, and their ideas in the most natural and uncomplicated manner. This record was migrated from the OpenDepot repository service in June, 2017 before shutting down.