A Case for the Bible: Part 1 Radio Broadcast, Is this book God’s Word?
Stephen: Why is the Bible such a unique book?
Eric: Think about what if says about itself, and the way it impacts those who are influenced by it.
- It claims to be God’s word
- It claims to be perfect.
- It has been wonderfully preserved.
- It speaks the truth.
- It is powerful.
Stephen: Is the Bible really God’s word?
2 Timothy 3 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…”
2 Peter 1 “No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man…holy men of God spake as they were move by the Holy Ghost.”
- πᾶσα – All or every
- γραφὴ – Scripture
- θεόπνευστος – God-breathed
Literally: All/every scripture God breathed…this is its nature. It is from God. Verbal-plenary inspiration.
This is the miraculous event by which God used prophets and apostles to record His Words in the original manuscripts. Every word of Scripture penned by these men represented the exact words of God.
Stephen: Do other passage talk about this as well?
Victor: Yes, many, and here are just a few of these passages.
2 Samuel 23:1-2 The last words of David…the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
Zechariah 7:12 They made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets.
Matthew 22:43-44 David by the Spirit call Him Lord, saying: The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Acts 4:24-25 Lord, thou art God…Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Hebrews 4:7 God designates a certain day, saying by David…Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.
Phrase: “Thus saith the LORD” is found well over 400 times in the Old Testament alone.
Stephen: So how did God do this?
Joel: Here are a few ways God did this great work.
- Luke: Functioned as a meticulous historian who traveled with the apostle Paul. By the way, he was a doctor, and a lot of what he chose to record reflects his medical background.
- Jeremiah: Was a prophet who recorded many parts of the book a scribe.
- Moses: Was a prophet who wrote as a spokesman from God to the people, and a historian.
- John: Wrote as an eyewitness of life and ministry of Christ, as a pastor who was moved by God’s Spirit, and as a witness of the wonderful vision given at Patmos and at times as a scribe.
- Paul: Wrote from his heart as an apostle, as a former opponent, as a lawyer, and as a meticulous student of the Old Testament scriptures and Christ Himself.
- I will endeavor…
- We were eyewitness…
- Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost…
Stephen: So the Bible was not dictated to mindless people, but rather people wrote what God was moving them to write from the heart and with understanding.
- Not a mindless dictation.
- Not just inspirational thoughts.
- Not the writers being inspired.
- Not just their ideas being inspired.
- The final product written down would have reflected both the words of the penmen and God’s word. We could say that the final product in that original document was fully God’s word, or fully God’s words.
- Not just the religious content, but all of it.
- We are not saying that only the religious contents of the Bible are inspired while historical records are not.
- All the words, not just the thoughts of the scriptures are God-breathed.
Stephen: What kinds of people did God use?
Prophets: Who were part of royalty, shepherds, historians, Kings, and farmers…
Apostles: Who were fishermen, tax collectors, doctors, historians, and lawyers…
Stephen: What are your final thoughts?
Joel: When we pick up our Bibles, we are not reading any other book. We are reading the very word of God. This book is unique and must be reverenced and obeyed. If we neglect it, we neglect what has the power to give us the information we need to be made right with God, and to walk in holiness.
- The Bible claims to be the word of God
- As we read it, the Spirit burns within our hearts a deep conviction that this is indeed the very word of God.
- As we study the history of the Bible, we see evidences that this book is unique and from God.
- We have witnessed the effects of the word on our life and the lives of others.
- If we reject this book, we reject the only message in the world that has the power to save from eternal destruction and to restore us and the rest of creation to its original beauty and perfection.