The Bible

The Bible

By revelation is meant that God made known to Bible writers truth that would otherwise remain  unknown since it could not be discovered by human effort (I Corinthians 2:9,10). A clear example of Revelation is Genesis 1 since there was no way any human could know how the world or mankind came into existence except by God revealing this to Moses. Another example would be the Gospel which is contrary to all human thinking, but the Gospel was revealed by God as Paul clearly indicates (Galatians 1:11,12). Revelation is necessary because of our sinfulness (Romans 3:9-18) and our ignorance (Psalm 14:2-4).

The Bible is inspired. By inspiration is meant that miraculous work of the Holy Spirit whereby the human writers of Scripture were enabled to write what God desired to be recorded in the manner that God wanted it recorded.

Rejected as erroneous is the notion that the Bible is only the result of human genius or spiritual insight. Its origin is not with man, but with God. Also wrong is the idea of degrees of inspiration. No part of the Bible is more inspired or less inspired than another part. Also, there is no partial inspiration; that is, that only spiritual matters are inspired and not other information. Also, the notion of “inspired concepts” has to be rejected because the very words of Scripture are inspired (I Corinthians 2:13). This is called verbal inspiration.

Now with the exception of certain portions like the Ten Commandments, God did not dictate the Bible to the human writers as one would dictate to a secretary. God chose and prepared over forty humans who wrote these sixty-six books over a period of sixteen hundred years. By a miracle, God the Holy Spirit worked within the framework of the individual’s language and vocabulary to record exactly the words that were wanted by God the Holy Spirit.

The result of this miracle of inspiration is a Bible that is authoritative, infallible and inerrant. Jesus said, “Your Word is truth” (John 17:17). There are no contradictions or disagreements among the authors. They were kings, peasants, fisherman, prophets, scholars, shepherds, physicians, philosophers and politicians who never met to decide what was to be written but yet, there is unity throughout Scripture.

To say that the Bible is a good book, but not God’s perfect Book does not make sense because 3,808 times the Scripture writers claim they are speaking God’s Word as does David in II Samuel 23:2, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me and his word was on my tongue”. If the Bible is merely a human production, then it is not a good book, but filled with lies because its writers claim to speak the Word of God.

You cannot have it both ways. Either Scripture is a miserable hoax, or it is truly the Word of God without error.

The value of Scripture can be ascertained by reading Joshua 1:8.