I think I know why so many people underestimate the power of the Bible. Jesus Christ himself, the Son of God, came to earth “disguised” as one of us, walked in humility, took a lot of abuse, and died in shame. And yet it is through his wounds that we are healed.
In the same way, the Bible seems like a lot of not much. It’s just words on a page. Talk, as we all know, is cheap. The Bible appears to have a string of human authors; on the surface it looks not like God’s Word but like a collection of human opinions.
Jesus taught that God supervised all its content, from Genesis to Revelation, and guarantees its message. God supercharged its words with the very presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Thus to read or hear the Bible is to hear the voice of God himself. Jesus thinks it’s enough to get the job done.
In Jesus’ famous parable, a sinner in hell pleaded with Abraham in heaven, “‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them’” (Luke 16:27-29).
In Jesus’ view, if the Word doesn’t bring people to faith, nothing will.