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The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, verbally inspired in the whole and in the parts, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training,
for guiding, for education in righteousness:
Being conscious in the first place that no man by himself
may give a special sense to the words of the prophets.
Although philosophical in nature, the Bible is not a philosophy text.
Nor is it a scientific treatise. However, there is no discrepancy between
ascertained facts of science and the Bible. The Bible is not a history
text, although it has repeatedly been proven historically accurate.
The Bible is as high above all other books as the heavens are above the earth. It has been said of the Bible, “Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be right.”
1. THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God." Evangelical Christianity stands upon this statement of fact. The Bible claims to be the inspired Word of God. By "inspiration" we mean that the Holy Spirit exerted His supernatural influence upon the writers of the Bible. According to 2 Peter 1:21, that means that although men are flawed, the text of the Bible canon is not because it was authored by the Holy Spirit. Further evidence of the Bible's inerrancy can be found in John 16:12-15, when Christ told His disciples that He would leave "many things" unrevealed, and the Holy Spirit would come and choose certain persons through whom He would reveal His perfect will unto man.
2. THE BIBLE IS A DIFFICULT BOOK
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.
The Bible is a difficult book because it is a message from an infinite,
all-powerful God to finite mankind, with all of our limitations. As such,
you cannot approach the Bible as you would other writings. For
example, you can study the great philosophers with the natural mind.
However, according to
Ephesians 5:18, since the Bible is from God and therefore spiritual in
nature, you must be born of the Spirit before you can receive its
3. THE BIBLE IS A BOOK OF ONENESS
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21
The unity of the Bible is a miracle. Composed of 66 books written over a period of approximately 1,500 years, the Bible is an unparalleled literary masterpiece. Its 35 different author's represent a cross section of humanity -- educated and uneducated -- kings, fishermen, public officials, farmers, teachers and physicians. And yet the Bible's various parts are as harmoniously united as the diverse parts that make up the human body.
The probability that such a multitude of authors with such varied backgrounds would write on so many subjects over so great a period of time would seem to be a mathematical impossibility. So how can we account for the Bible? The only adequate explanation is: "Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
4. THE BIBLE CLAIMS SPECIAL POWER
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
"For the Word of God is quick and powerful…."
In 1st Peter 1:23, the Bible claims reproductive power as seed. We are the children of God because we have been born into the family of God by the incorruptible seed of God. This is the new birth (John 3:1-7).
Furthermore, in 1st Peter 2:2 the Bible claims nourishing power as food . The Bible is spiritual food for the soul. No Christian can remain strong in the Lord and not study the word of God, as found only in the Bible.
5. THE BIBLE COMMANDS THE BELIEVER TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show thyself approved unto God" is a command. As you study
the Bible, you will discover that it does not just contain the Word of God.
The Bible IS the Word of God. Also keep in mind that the Bible contains
the words of God, as well as others, to include angels, men, Satan, and demons.
As you study the Bible, ask yourself these questions:
(1) Who is speaking in the passage? Is it God, an angel, man or a demon?
(2) To whom is the author speaking? Is the message addressed to the nation Israel, to the Gentiles, to the church, to men in general or to some individual man or being in particular?
(3) How can this Scripture be applied to my own life to make me a better Christian?
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