How do we know that the Bible is the Word of God? Could the Bible just be another book of man that claims to be divine? To answer this question properly, it is important to look at the Bible to see what it says about itself.
The Bible states that it is God's Word:
Here we see that the Bible (another name for Scripture) states that it is breathed out by God (meaning of the word "inspiration"). What does breathed out mean? Breathed out is a word (one word in the Greek language) that means "divinely inspired." The Bible is saying in this verse that all of it--every part of the Scripture--was spoken by God. This is important to understand. The Bible is a book that not just contains God's words, rather all of the Bible is God's Word. Therefore, since the Bible is God's Word, what is said in it is important and must be listened to. Take heed to the written Word of God!
The Bible states that it originated from the mind of God:
The Bible says in these verses that no part of the Scripture came from someone's own mind ("private interpretation") or because someone decided to pen scripture one day just because he wanted to ("the will of man"). These verses teach us that God used the talents, the personalities, and the intellect of the men and had them write Scripture ("men spoke from God") only when He wanted Scripture to be written ("as they were moved by the Holy Ghost").
How was this accomplished? The Lord miraculously super intended the writing of Scripture to insure that it was exactly written as He wanted it to be written. Therefore, you and I can confidently say when we hold the Bible in our hands that we are holding the written Word of God.
The Bible states that its Author is without error:
Consider these list of verses that teach us that the Author of Scripture always states the truth:
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Titus 1:2
And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: 2 Samuel 7:28
Every word of God is pure:
he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Add thou not unto his words,
lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6
The words of the Lord are pure words:
as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalms 12:6
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth John 17:17
These verses point out some very important things about the Word of God. The Bible is either all truth or all a lie. It is either all error or totally accurate. The Bible cannot be both true and untrue at the same time. Why? Because these verses teach us that the Author of Scripture is not a liar like men (Titus 1:2), that everything that He states is true (2 Samuel 7:28) because every Word of God proves itself to be true (Proverbs 30:5).
What man can make that claim? What human philosophy can state that everything it says is truth and it always ends up being true? None. Additionally, Psalm 12:6 reminds us that what God states is totally pure. The Lord doesn't have ulterior motives. What He stated should be taken at face value. Therefore, it is important for you and me to believe His promises because not only does He mean them, but He is more than able to execute them! What man can accomplish everything he has stated? Again, the answer is none. Only God can!
Lastly, in John 17:17, the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in His high priestly prayer remind us that the Bible is truth itself. When Christ states that "Thy word is truth," He uses the noun form of truth. This means that objectively the Bible is the truth whereby everything else must be weighed against. Since the Bible is the standard, everything should rest upon this foundation. The Bible should be the glasses whereby we evaluate the world in which we live in.
Therefore if you want to know true faith and forgiveness, begin with the Bible. If you want to know true history, begin with the Bible. If you want to know true morality--go to the Scriptures. Only by building upon the standard of Scripture will life and society be best. What about you? Who are you seeking to weigh your life against? What is the foundational standard of your life? Is it others? Is it ever changing man's opinions? To measure your life against anything else but the Bible is misleading (Psalm 19: 1-14; Psalm 119: 1-176). Don't wast your time with vain things! Allow the Lord to change you through the Word of God!
These verses make it very evident that you and I can know and trust that the Bible is the written Word of God. The question now to ask are you reading it and letting it lead you into the truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
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