By David A. Sargent
A Bible that once belonged to Elvis Presley and contains his
handwritten notes and thoughts recently sold for $94,600 at an auction
in England, according to Omega Auctions.
One of the Scriptures emphasized by the acclaimed "King of Rock and
Roll" was Luke 9:25: “For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the
whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” This was an
“interesting insight from a man who had so much of what this world
values,” writes Steve Higginbotham.
The Bible, given to the singer in 1957 on his first Christmas at
his home called Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, was bought by an
American man based in Britain. It was expected by the auction house to
bring about $40,000 but actually sold for more than twice that amount.
The Bible was part of a collection of Elvis memorabilia owned by a
single British collector. The entire collection sold for more than
$160,000 dollars at the auction in Cheshire, north England.
Steve Higginbotham points out that in the case of Elvis’ Bible, the
value of his Bible was “determined by the person who owned it.” In
reality, however, it is the Bible that is truly valuable – regardless of
who owns it!
The value of the Bible is incalculable because it is the Word of
God (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians
in Thessalonica saying: “For this reason we also thank God without
ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from
us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the
word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1
The Bible is of inestimable value because it reveals our true
condition: that we are “bankrupt” due to our sin, completely unable to
save ourselves and consequently doomed to destruction (Romans 3:23;
The Bible is priceless because it reveals the incredible love of
God Who loves us even though we are sinners. He loves us so much that
He gave His Only Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we might
have forgiveness for our sins and eternal life (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
The Bible is precious because it reveals the Way to forgiveness and
life. That Way is JESUS. Jesus declared, "I am the way, the truth,
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John
14:6). God has promised that those who place their faith and trust in
Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts
17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), are baptized
(immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), and
continue to “walk in the light” of His Word (1 John 1:7) will be saved.
No, it’s not the OWNER of the Bible that makes it valuable. The
Bible is valuable because of what God reveals to us in the pages of
“He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it,
and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be
blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).
Don’t just own a Bible; read it! Don’t just read your Bible; heed it!
THEN you will be truly blessed.
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in
Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled
Living Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact
David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
* Information gleaned from the New York Daily News (www.nydailynews.com)
and Steve Higginbotham’s 9/10/12 MercEmail: “Elvis Presley’s Bible.”