How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? Part 1
September 11th 2016
- It claims to be God’s Word.
- Jesus said it is God’s Word
- The Bible changes lives
- Archeology and historical accuracy
- The Jewish people
1. It claims to be God’s Word
3,808 times in the Old Testament alone! (some examples: Amos 3:7, Isaiah 1:2, Judges 6:8, 1 Kings 10:28, etc.)
I couldn’t get a count on the New Testament, but there are many verses such as First Thessalonians 2:13:
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers”. (See also Romans 15:4, 2 Peter 1:21, Hebrews 1:1, 2 Peter 3:16, Revelations 19:9)
Finally, here is a quote from John Wesley, 18th Century theologian.
“The Bible must be the invention of either good men or angels, bad men or devils, or of God.
It could not be the invention of good men or angels, for they neither would or could make a book, and tell lies all the time they were writing it, saying, ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ when it was their own invention.
It could not be the invention of bad men or devils, for they would not make a book which commands all duty, forbids all sin, and condemns their souls to hell for all eternity.
Therefore, I draw this conclusion, that the Bible must be given by divine inspiration.”
The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages.
- It was written by shepherds, kings, scholars, fishermen, prophets, a military general, a cupbearer, a priest, and more.
- It was written from palaces, prisons, the wilderness, and places of exile while writing history, laws, poetry, prophecy, and proverbs.
- There were different immediate purposes for writing: recording history, giving spiritual and moral instruction, pronouncing judgment, etc.
- In spite of this, the Bible displays a flawless internal consistency. It never contradicts itself or its common theme from Genesis to Revelation: God’s redemption of sinful man.
The deeper you dig into the bible, the more you see how it all ties together in unusual and unexpected ways. When I prepare to lead a bible study, I am always amazed at how verses tie in so well with other verses from different parts of the bible.
What this all means is despite the many human authors, it was all written by one God who gave the words to those authors.