The Bible is God's Word
“While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.’ But He said, ‘On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it’” (Luke 11:27-28).
It is interesting, or perhaps a better word would be discouraging, that many of those who claim to be preachers of truth and followers of Christ, have taken to denigrating the Bible. I was watching a popular preacher, from the world’s point of view, recently, who said he no longer referenced quotes from the Bible. He reasoned since the word Bible isn’t used in the Bible, it must not be that important. Yes, there are references to Scripture in it he said, but the phrase word of God isn’t used that much, and early Christians never counted the contents of the Bible as authoritative or inspired, without error or flaw. In his mind, the only “truth” that matters is Jesus rose from the dead, which validates His ability to forgive and allows us to be saved.
His isn’t the only voice to advocate such a position. My response so such people would be, “So, how do you know anything about God, about Christ, including the resurrection, without Scripture, the Bible?” Yes, there are some references in secular history to a story told about a man who rose from the dead, but such records offer no authentication that it is true, that it is historically accurate. Even if you accept the validity of Jesus’ resurrection, without the Bible, what would that mean to you? What difference does it make on a personal level to you? How could you know it fulfilled prophecy, and so was the great event it’s recorded to be in Scripture, that which offers hope to a world of sin? How would you know what sin is? How could you live a better life without the Bible, Scripture, God’s inspired word? It could just be a human invention that possesses no authority whatsoever. If the Bible isn’t the word of God, then what does it matter what it says? How do you know anything about Jesus and His will for your life?
The term Bible literally means book. It is a collection of sixty-six books that were given by God over a period of approximately 1600 years to about forty men, whom God used to reveal Himself and His will to humanity. The Bible, then, is God’s book to us. It reveals how humanity has sinned, how God had an eternal plan, which was carried out by Christ living a perfect, sinless life, offering Himself as an atoning sacrifice on the cross, and how he rose on the first day of the week. Of course, the resurrection is important to us, in validating Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God, to give power to the sacrifice of His life for us, and offer us eternal life. But it doesn’t stand alone from the entirety of the message of the Bible, Scripture, the word of God. All of the Bible offers the truth of how God intervened in the affairs of human beings, in love, so we might have real life today, eternal life forever. Who would know anything about all God has worked out through the ages, including Christ rising from death, without the Bible?
I believe such ideas are offered to allow sinful people to stay in their sinful state, but believe they will receive eternal life no matter what. It rids people of the need to know the life Scripture calls one to live, of following the example of Christ, of denying oneself and overcoming sin. It allows just about anyone to say or do anything they desire, and rids the constraint of righteousness from life, allowing any and all behavior one wants. It makes Christianity inoffensive to everyone, and rids the stigma of the cross, the guilt of sin, and a call to noble living. Without a “thus says the Lord,” what is left to preach?
We have sixty-six books in the Bible, because all Scripture is God breathed, and necessary for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, so we can be complete and equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The Bible, Scripture, the word of God and Christ, did not come from the mind of man, but was imparted to men to record by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20-21).
Such is the reasoning of those who wish to please people by robbing the gospel of its power. It is the epitome of the foolishness of men. You can trust your Bible to be what it claims to be and is, the inspired authoritative, inerrant word of God. The real question is, are we willing to live it?
μαράνα θᾶ (1 Cor. 16:22)