Question: "What are the different names and titles of the Bible?"
Answer: There are over a dozen names and titles of the Bible found in both the Old and New Testaments. The following is a list of the most well known.
Book of the Law (Deuteronomy 31:26) – “Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.” The Bible is described as a book of laws, laws which are not meant to enslave us or stifle our relationship with God and life on earth, but laws which are meant to strengthen our relationship with God and enhance our lives.
Gospel (Romans 1:16) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”. The Bible reveals to us the gospel, the good news, about the Lord Jesus Christ and that through God’s Son, our sins are forgiven and we are granted salvation.
Holy Scriptures (Romans 1:2) – “The gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.” The Bible is a collection of sacred writings which are holy as they are made authoritative by God, who is its topic and inspiration.
Law of the Lord (Psalm 19:7) – “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” Not only do the laws of the Bible strengthen our relationship with God and enhance our lives, they are not to be confused with any other; they are the Lord’s and the Lord’s alone, not the ramblings of man.
Living Words (Acts 7:38) – “He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.” The Bible is a living book, each book, chapter and verse alive with the knowledge and wisdom of God Himself.
Message of Christ (Colossians 3:16) – “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” The message of Christ is the message of salvation from sin through the only One who can accomplish it.
Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16) – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Inspired by God, the Bible is a collection of sacred writings that is unlike any other, because it has been written by the hand of men who were moved by the Spirit of God (2 Peter 1:21).
The Scroll (Psalm 40:7) – “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.” In prophesying about Jesus, the Bible refers to itself as a scroll, a roll of parchment documenting priceless knowledge to be shared from generation to generation.
Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) – “Take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Like a sword, the Bible can defend any attack brought before it, but can also strike the truth of God and His words. The writer to the Hebrews referred to it as sharper than any “double-edged sword” because it is capable of “dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Truth (John 17:17) – “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” As the Bible is the Word of God, it is the truth. Every word is from the mind of God and since He is truth, so must His Word be truth.
Word of God (Luke 11:28) – “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” The Bible is like the mouthpiece of God, as through each book He speaks directly to us.
Word of Life (Philippians 2:16) – “…hold firmly to the word of life.” The Bible and its truths reveal to us the difference not only between life and death, but the eternal life that lies before those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the eternal death for those who do not.
Words of the Lord (Psalm 12:6) – “And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.” The Bible is replete with the many words, perfect and without flaw, which the Lord spoke through prophets and disciples in order to reveal all His love and glory.