Is the Bible the true Word of God? Has our confidence in Scripture been misplaced?
The claims of the Bible are unmistakable. The Bible claims to speak the very words of God. David says, “The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me; His word is upon my tongue” (2 Sam.23:2). Paul commends the Christians in Thessalonica: “…when you received from us the word of God, you received it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe” (I Thess.2:13).
The Bible claims sacred writings can be preserved. Timothy grew up in the Gentile city of Lystra (Acts 16:1). His mother taught him the sacred Scriptures of the Old Testament (2 Tim.3:14,15). How did they have a copy of the Old Testament? Obviously, through the providence of God, the Scriptures were preserved for hundreds of years.
The Bible claims to be timeless and universal. In Scripture, according to the Bible writers, “all the truth” has been revealed and written down (John 16:13; John 20:30,31). The whole gospel is designed for all of humanity (Mark 16:15).
The Bible claims to be understandable. One does not need to be a herdsman to understand the teaching of a lost sheep (Luke 15:1ff). Neither does one need to be an experienced traveler to see the lessons of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10).
The Bible claims to be “the gospel of our salvation,” the very “word of life” (Phil.2:15,16). It is the only record of the great Teacher and Savior – Jesus Christ. “Obeying the gospel” (2 Thess.1:7-9) is the means of obtaining forgiveness in Christ (Acts 2:37,38).
If these claims are true, then one must obey, proclaim and defend the Bible (Phil.1:16). If these claims are not true, then multitudes of God-fearing people are being deceived. What is the truth? There is much at stake. Check the Bible. Read it yourself. We believe you’ll say what Jesus says, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) – David Barker