The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said about You, Your Life, and Everything Else

The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said about You, Your Life, and Everything Else

by Steven K. Scott

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Overview

Every Word of Jesus Right at Your Fingertips

Haven’t you wished you could ask Jesus any question and get his immediate help with the biggest problems you face? Now you can.

For the first time ever, all of the statements Jesus made in the New Testament have been brought together and organized under more than 200 topics. When you want to know his will in a specific area of life, or you’re seeking the answer to a perplexing question, or you are desperate for his encouragement, comfort, or wisdom–you can easily find the help you need.

The moment you turn to the appropriate topic heading, you will have access to the breadth of Jesus’ teaching on that subject. You can also use this book as a guide for studying Jesus’ wisdom on any topic of interest, such as prayer, forgiveness, eternity, anger, temptation, relationships, grace, or knowing God.

As you immerse yourself in Jesus’ words, your life and relationships will be transformed, and your faith and spiritual passion will be renewed. Let the greatest words ever spoken bring new vision, power, and joy into your life–one statement at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307446121
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/16/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 205,621
File size: 703 KB

About the Author

Steven K. Scott is the best-selling author of The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, Mentored by a Millionaire, Simple Steps to Impossible Dreams, and A Millionaire’s Notebook. After failing nine jobs in his first six years after college, he learned the laws of life success by studying the book of Proverbs. As a result, Scott and his business partners built more than a dozen multimillion-dollar companies from scratch, achieving billions of dollars in sales. He is the cofounder of The American Telecast Corporation, Total Gym Fitness, and Max International. Scott is a popular international speaker on the subjects of personal and professional achievement and the application of biblical wisdom to every area of life.

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Introduction

The Greatest Words Ever Spoken

I tell you, I know men, and Jesus Christ was no mere man! Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison.
–NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

“The greatest words ever spoken.” How could such a claim be made about any collection of statements? With all the life-changing words spoken by so many great men and women throughout history, how could the words of one person rise above all the others?

To qualify as the greatest words ever spoken, they would have to reveal incredible truths that would otherwise go undiscovered. They would have to bring extraordinary, perhaps even near-miraculous benefit to the hearts, minds, and lives of those who read them. Certainly, to qualify as the greatest words ever spoken, they would have to produce life-altering changes not just for a few people but for millions. They would have to impart hope to those in despair, joy to those whose hearts are broken, and peace that subdues even the most paralyzing fears.

To earn the ranking of the greatest words ever spoken, the words would have to exert enough power to transform a hateful heart into a loving one, a mind driven by greed into one overflowing with generosity, a life ruled by arrogance into one that is driven by the desire to serve others. And if they were truly the greatest words ever spoken, they would have the power to give sight to the blind, deliverance to the captive, forgiveness to the wrongdoer, and life to the dead. If anyone’s words could accomplish these things, they would certainly rise above all other words in history. They would deserve to be called The Greatest Words Ever Spoken.

These words exist; they have been spoken and recorded. And, yes, they have accomplished remarkable, miraculous results. The greatest words ever spoken are the words of Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed to be the Son of the living God.

The If-Then Statement That Can Change Your Life

If Jesus is who He claimed to be, then everything He said must be fully, absolutely true. If He is the Son of God, He would never speak in error. Think of the implications. First, if Jesus’ words are absolute truth, they are the standard by which all other purported truths must be measured. Second, everything Jesus said about you, your life, and your circumstances is true. His words describe your life and reveal your immediate and long-term future. To succeed in life, to understand yourself, and to gain wisdom about your present and your future, you need to learn everything Jesus said about you. In that way you will discover what He wants for you and from you.

And then there are the promises Jesus made. If you choose to follow Him, then all of his 108 promises are promises you can count on–promises that will produce peace in a troubled heart, joy in the midst of tragedy, success in place of failure, and most important, a glorified life that lasts for eternity.

And this leads to the most important question you will ever face. Is Jesus of Nazareth the person He claimed to be, or was He a mere man?

Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France and one of the greatest military geniuses who ever lived, concluded that Jesus was no mere man. Once when Napoleon was discussing various emperors and their empires with his most trusted advisors, the name of Jesus came up. To the surprise of his generals, Napoleon exclaimed:

I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison! Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.…Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and His will confounds me. He is truly a being by Himself. His ideas and sentiments, the truth which He announces, His manner of convincing, are not explained either by human organization or by the nature of things…The nearer I approach, the more carefully I examine, everything is above me–everything remains grand, of a grandeur which overpowers.…One can absolutely find nowhere, but in Him alone, the imitation or the example of His life…I search in vain in history to find the similar to Jesus Christ. Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.i

Jesus of Nazareth

What did Napoleon know that some of us do not? He was a student of history and a student of men, and he had diligently studied the life and words of Christ. In light of this, he believed that no one in history could compare to Jesus of Nazareth. Think about it: how could one man from an obscure village in the Middle East have changed so many millions of lives as well as the course of history? If ever a man should have been overlooked by history, it was Jesus.

Consider the facts:

Jesus was born to a peasant couple in a village in the middle of nowhere. He lived in a country occupied by foreign conquerors. His only means of transportation was His legs.

He was a carpenter until He turned thirty, and only then did He begin to teach and speak in public. For three short years He proclaimed His message, mostly in small villages.

After being falsely accused and then convicted in a rigged trial, He was sentenced to death by an official who believed Him to be innocent. He died the death of a criminal and was executed on a cross between two convicted criminals. Only His mother and one of His close followers were present at His execution. The rest of His closest disciples had fled, hiding from the mob and the Roman officials.

It was only after Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His followers that His disciples were transformed from distraught cowards into confident, fearless believers and preachers of Jesus’ message. But they had no means to spread His story and teachings to a mass audience. There were no radios, televisions, or printing presses. In fact, paper as we know it had not yet been invented. Every papyrus scroll had to be painstakingly written by hand. The only way to make a copy was to read the original and laboriously copy it word by word.

In first-century Palestine, the thought that Jesus’ life might make a significant impact on anyone beyond the Judean countryside was laughable. Any history of this itinerant rabbi who appeared in public for only three years should have been lost–either burned or buried–in the rubble when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman legions less than forty years after Jesus walked the earth. Against such a background, you can begin to understand the miracle of His life and words. Jesus’ short earthly life–far from being lost to the generations who have followed–became the focal point of history.

How could one man’s life impact humanity to a greater extent than any other person or any series of events in history? As you read The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, you will get to know this man who changed everything…forever. Jesus did it all, not with money, armies, science, or politics, but with the witness of His life and the power of His words. His life and the miracles He performed attracted the attention of the crowds, but it was what He said that melted their hearts and transformed their lives. The apostle John said, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

The Tragedy of the Information Age

Today we have more information about everything than any past generation had, yet most people know less of what Jesus said. Countless people are so unaware of first-century history that they are swayed by baseless myths perpetuated by works of fiction such as The Da Vinci Code. Many Christians have built their beliefs and values on the words of Bible teachers, authors, and television and radio preachers rather than on the words of Christ. As wonderful as the words of preachers and writers may be, they can’t begin to compare in wonder and power to the pure, undiluted words of Jesus Christ. After all, He alone claimed to be the embodiment of all truth when He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” ( John 14:6). He made incredible promises to those who would build their lives on His words.

It’s important to realize that Jesus did not make these promises to people who followed the words of any other teacher, prophet, or leader. The words of Jesus stand alone in truth, power, and authority. For example, He promised, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32, NASB). And that was just the beginning.

Customer Reviews

Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said about You, Your Life, and Everything Else 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
Everything Jesus Said about You, Your Life, and Everything Else
Steven K. Scott
WaterBrook Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781400074624
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 2008
5 Stars
A Bible Study tool that you will return to many times¿
Steven K. Scott has taken the words of Jesus Christ and organized then by topic. There are eight sections including: What Jesus said about Himself, the Father, believers, eternity, etc. However, this book is much more than that.
We all have questions we would like to ask Jesus, and this rather large book lays His words at your fingertips. I looked up marriage, there are 2 ½ pages of Christ¿s words on marriage, divorce, and remarriage the verses from each of the four Gospels were clearly grouped together. The beginning of each section has an invaluable introduction.
I was particular touched by the introduction to the section titled, ¿The Greatest Words Ever Spoken To Jesus¿ Followers.¿ Scott wrote this book for himself. It was at urging of his friends that he has had it published. Praise God for his friends. The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said about You, Your Life, and Everything Else will be a Bible Study tool that you will return to many times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Greatest Words Ever Spoken is a remarkable book! At first blush, it appears to be a Topical Bible, but it is so much more. First of all, these are the words of Jesus on a myriad of topics: Anger, Security, Money, Mercy, Truth, Fear, Compassion, Conflict, Murder, Reconciliation, Adultery, Lust, The Soul, Women, The Family, Unrighteous Leaders, Parents, Foolishness, The Worth of an Individual, Happiness, and etc., etc. Just reading Christ's words on these subject all GROUPED TOGETHER in one place has an amazing affect. And it is surprising how detailed His words really are all grouped together, you get a real feel for the message He taught. This is an amazing experience: strengthening, encouraging, admonishing, and corrective to one's life. What is odd, but I suppose not given the author's purpose, is that Steven Scott set out to be an encouragement and a dicipleship journey JUST FOR HIMSELF. And so, for the book to have that affect (to be a tool of growth and encouragement, is something I didn't expect but certainly appreciate. The wonderful part of the book is each Section's Introduction. Steven Scott has masterfully given a treatsie on dicipleship and growth in Christ in his short 'introductions.' This is worth the price of the book by itself. This is one of those treasures that you will turn to again and again. It will be on the shelf nearest your desk and so that the Words of Christ will remain in your heart and life. JJ
Stacey-Rejuv More than 1 year ago
What a great tool to have always by your side to help answer any questions that may arise for any situation for any person. What more can I say!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is so many things that I could say about this book, but I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," from Author R.A. Clark, which takes more of an intimate look at the power of forgiveness and so much more. Give it a chance to change your life. It did just that for me.
TLePere More than 1 year ago
Great for using in group discussions and just personal reading.
notasecretagent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't a book to sit down and read cover-to-cover, rather to be used as a quick reference for someone trying to find out what the New Testament says about a particular topic. I found the book fairly easy to navigate - it is divided into chapters such as, "The Greatest Words Ever Spoken About Personal Relationships (What Jesus Said About Succeeding with Others)," which are then broken down into more specific topics in the table of contents (for example, in the aforementioned chapter, there are specific page numbers for Marriage, Conflict and Lawsuits, Neighbors, Compassion, and other topics under the umbrella of personal relationships). When the reader turns to that page, there are a number of Biblical quotes about that topic. The only thing about this arrangement I think might have been useful is an index of all the topics, regardless of chapter, arranged alphabetically. In order to look up a particular topic the reader needs to have an idea which chapter it would be in.I believe that one of the great strengths of this book is the fact that Steven Scott does not inject his own interpretation of the scripture quoted in the book. He does offer a brief introduction to each chapter and broad topic, which give a bit of insight into his own spiritual journey, but the verses themselves are simply arranged by topic so it is easier for the reader to find what he or she is looking for and interpret it for themselves, than it might've been just flipping through the ol' King James. There is also an index listing the quoted passages by book of the Bible, helpful for those more familiar with individual books.I think I'll find this book an interesting and useful reference for understanding the Bible (the quotes in the book are taken from the New International Version of the New Testament - it's worth noting that I believe this is an Evangelical Christian version of the Bible, but I could be mistaken. This is something I will need to investigate further, I'm not sure of the exact differences between this version and the King James Version I am most accustomed to consulting). It really is amazing and useful to have all the New Testament quotes on a particular subject in one place, and look forward to exploring it further.
Goldengrove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of all the words of Jesus recorded in the Gospels. The author, for ease of use, has arranged them under headings of his own devising. He presents his book as a guide and tool for Christians (and possibly others) who want to know what Jesus had to say about issues of faith and morality. So far so handy. I can certainly see this as a useful quick reference for the preacher, and as a reminder to the forgetful believer. It could also be used an introduction to Jesus¿ teaching for new Christians or those interested to know what he had to say.I have no beef at all with the core content of the book. It does what it says on the tin, and the introductory essays are pretty straightforward, too.And yet, it makes me feel slightly uneasy. I think it¿s the presentation. It has been packaged to look like a self-help book, and it¿s presented as one: ¿Everything Jesus Said about You, Your life, and Everything Else¿ declares the cover. No, I must be honest and admit that I am guilty of what CS Lewis calls the personal heresy: I am put off by the author biography in the back cover. Scott and his business partners, having learned `the laws of life¿ from the book of Proverbs (a previous study) ¿Built more than a dozen multimillion-dollar companies¿Scott is a popular international speaker on the subjects of personal and professional achievement and the application of biblical wisdom to every area of life.¿ I¿m not the kind of Christian who thinks that you¿re not doing it right unless you¿re miserable and downtrodden, but somehow I can¿t see the similarity between the life of Jesus and aspiring to be a multi-millionaire businessman. I can¿t reconcile Jesus¿ call for us to wash each other¿s feet with Scott¿s `look what you can get out of life if you do it right¿ approach. Jesus, Christians believe, did it absolutely right ¿ I wonder how many international companies would employ him as a keynote speaker at their sales conference?Buy it by all means, it could be useful, but it can¿t replace reading the gospel ¿ including all the messy bits that aren¿t quite clear. In the end, what grates with me is the idea that we can `use¿ the gospel as just another tool for riddling the tasty bits out of life¿s pie.
lildrafire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This beautiful book contains all the words ever spoken by Jesus, arranged in an easy to use, easy to read format. Not only a great reference work, Scott has illuminated and elevated Jesus Christ's sermons into an almost poetic work. I very much enjoyed this tome.
buttsy1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Steven K Scott, the writer/compiler of The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, is a successful American business entrepreneur and self-made millionaire. His personal fortune is built upon a business of direct response marketing, that is, television infomercials. He has produced a number of business and personal development books and programs, and is the author of The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, a reflection on the life and wisdom of King Solomon.The Greatest Words Ever Spoken was begun, it would seem, almost as a hobby. Initially, Scott was even unsure if it would be published ¿ he was essentially undertaking the task as a personal project. In the long run, an essential part of what we get is the introduction to each chapter or collection of quotes. Here Scott provides not so much an interpretation (in fact, throughout the book he seems to avoid interpretation completely, leaving that to the reader), but a context for each collection. I found these both easy to read, and valuable in their content.The reader will find it astonishing to find the breadth and number of quotes included. I dare say most people who pick this up will have a reasonable understanding of the Bible already, but to have all Jesus¿ sayings collected, collated and organised in such a fashion is something one doesn¿t expect. The translation used for the many, many quotations is the New International Version, a Protestant Evangelical treatment. Personally this makes little difference to me, as I would probably be unable to pick one modern English translation from another.This book will be a valuable resource for both serious students of Christian Theology, and also for those wanting to better know what Jesus said in the various books of the New Testament. It is extremely well-organised, and simple to follow. The book features a very comprehensive table of contents, as well as an index of topics and biblical references.Of course living a Christian life is about much more than knowing what Jesus said, and more than being able to quote scripture, chapter and verse. But of course, one may lead to the other.
jjmiller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Greatest Words Ever Spoken is a remarkable book! At first blush, it appears to be a Topical Bible, but it is so much more. First of all, these are the words of Jesus on a myriad of topics: Anger, Security, Money, Mercy, Truth, Fear, Compassion, Conflict, Murder, Reconciliation, Adultery, Lust, The Soul, Women, The Family, Unrighteous Leaders, Parents, Foolishness, The Worth of an Individual, Happiness, and etc., etc. Just reading Christ's words on these subject all GROUPED TOGETHER in one place has an amazing affect. And it is amazing how detailed His words really are. This is an amazing experience: strengthening, encouraging, admonishing, and corrective to one's life.What is odd, but I suppose not given the author's purpose, is that Steven Scott set out to be an encouragement and a dicipleship journey JUST FOR HIMSELF. And so, for the book to have that affect (to be a tool of growth and encouragement, is something I didn't expect but certainly appreciate. The wonderful part of the book is each Section's Introduction. Steven Scott has masterfully given a treatsie on dicipleship and growth in Christ in his short "introductions." This is worth the price of the book by itself. This is one of those treasures that you will turn to again and again. It will be on the shelf nearest your desk and so that the Words of Christ will remain in your heart and life. JJ
jeaneva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many people form an opinion about Jesus by hearsay. This topically arranged book presents what Jesus said about Himself, money, sex/marriage, health, the future life, and "everything else." I'm surprised no one has done this before.
redrygon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic reference book. Similar to a concordance, this book lists quotes from Jesus in a topical format. This would be a great reference to use for bible studies, and also for personal study time. The format is easy to use.
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