Thursday, 17 July 2008

Bible is the word of God

The Bible is not the work of mans hand. The works of Shakespeare might have wonderful literary merit, but they are not in the same class as the Bible. The big difference is that the Bible comes from God – it is His word! We could quote many places where the Bible claims to be the Word of God but because of space restrictions we will simply look at 1 Thessalonians 2:13,
“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”
It is clear from this passage that the Christians in Thessalonica had accurate understanding of the nature of Paul’s teaching. They accepted it as the Word of God. When we read the teaching of Paul today we have to have the same understanding , it is the word of God.

When writing to Ephesians Paul stated, “that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. And by referring to this when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ” Ephesians 3:3-4. In this passage we can see the process of the writing of the Bible. We can see that it was:
· given by revelation from God.
· written down
· read by others
· understood by those who read it

This is what we have today. God’s revealed word that was written down, can be read by us and we can understand it.

In 2 Tim 3:16-17 we also read, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This passage tells us that all scripture is inspired by God. This means that it come directly from God. This scripture is profitable for our spiritual life and that it will equip us for every good work – that is we need no other instruction. The scriptures are complete.

Once we realize that the Bible is the Word of God, we then have to ask ourselves, “how are we now going to treat it?” We need to understand that the Bible is God telling us how he wants us to serve him. If we ignore the teaching of the Bible we are ignoring God Himself.

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