People new to the Christian faith sometimes struggle with understanding that God is the author of the Bible, wondering how we know that God wrote it and can trust it to be true.
Here is a Bible study that might help explain why it is called ‘The Word of God’ and how we can prove it’s integrity.
1) How were the Scriptures given?
2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:21
All scripture was inspired by God and given to the human to record and make it tangible for us to access God’s instruction. Each servant person who wrote for the Bible was given direct instruction by God, to bring words that would teach, rebuke, correct and train human beings in righteousness.
2) How did God reveal truth to His prophets?
Numbers 12:6; Galatians 1:12
Each prophet was inspired through visions and dreams, directly revealed from God alone.
3) Has God guarded the purity of His Word?
Psalm 12:6,7; Proverbs 30:5
We are assured that God’s Word is pure and flawless, fulfilling the intent it was purposed for as described in question 1. It is proved by the uniformity of its theme, unfolding a series of acts, all contributing to one purpose.
If the Bible were written in one age, by one person, unity would be expected, but it is recognised as a collection of books written by different people, in different languages in several lands spanning over more than 17 centuries.
4) Are the Scriptures infallible?
Psalm 119:160; Matthew 24:35
The Lord forbids the teaching of other doctrines, because the Word of God proves itself throughout the whole Bible. Each text of the Holy Scriptures can be explained by other clearer texts, and is the sure truth of all doctrine which will never fail or deceive.
5) Are the writings of the prophets to be received as the words of God Himself?
2 Samuel 23:1,2; Jeremiah 1:4-9; 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Yes, as the prophets confirm in the texts above as being given directly from God into their mouths and given to us as they were received, without any human addition or alteration. God’s spirit was with each prophet giving clear Words as we read them today.
6) Are the prophecies important now?
Hosea 12:10; Amos 3:7; 2 Peter 1:19
The prophecies given by God are just as important and just as reliable now as they were when they were first received and written. They continually provide guidance and instruction for us to live by until Jesus returns.
7) For what purpose were the Scriptures written?
2 Timothy 3:16,17; Deuteronomy 29:29; John 20:30, 31
God gave us the Scriptures to “teach, rebuke, correct and train in righteousness”. They are to equip every servant of God for the work set out for them, which strengthen our belief and understanding of the will of God.
8) What is necessary on our part?
John 5:39; Psalm 119:11,16
To diligently study the Word of God, keeping it in our hearts, and live the very words we read that we might not turn away from them.
9) How are we to search the Scriptures?
1 Corinthians 2:13; Isaiah 28:10,13; Luke 24:27
“The best commentary on Scripture is Scripture itself, ‘comparing spiritual things with spiritual’– which yields a threefold result, interpretation, illustration, illumination. The Bible is its own lexicon, defining, its terms; its own expositor, explaining its meaning; its own interpreter, unlocking its mysteries.” — Arthur T. Pierson in “Knowing the Scriptures.”
10) How shall we relate ourselves to the Scriptures?
Proverbs 2:1-5; 22:20, 21; Luke 6:46-49
Regarding it as if it were written just for you and just for me, reading everyone word as if God were speaking only to us.
The Bible is our only guide to everlasting blessedness, and although people make mistakes along the way, Scripture is never misguides for God cannot make mistakes. Everyone must learn his role and purpose in the work of God for himself.
So what do you think? Is God’s word written by God alone?
Have you read the Bible and seen Christ in its’ very words?
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