The Bible is God’s inspired Word given by the power of His Holy Spirit as we read in the 2 Peter 1:19-21 –
We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
Jews and Christians have long claimed the Bible to be God’s book, the one through which He has communicated with humans about Himself and His purpose. The Bible claims to be the Word of God. It says that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” in 2 Timothy 3:16. The word “inspiration” means ‘God-breathed’. God guided men so that they wrote His message.
The Bible has not changed over the centuries. Among the Dead Sea scrolls found in 1947 was a scroll of the book of Isaiah. It was written nearly 2,000 years ago. The text is almost the same as the book of Isaiah that we have today. The Bible message has not changed with time and is unique. It claims to be God’s Word and offers hope to men and women who believe in it. In hundreds of passages, the Bible declares or takes the position explicitly or implicitly that it is nothing less than the very Word of God.
Jesus believed the Old Testament Scriptures. And there are many proofs that it is true: its history is proved by modern discoveries; it contains many prophecies that have been fulfilled and it tells the story of God’s dealings with men, from the creation of the first man to the time when the earth will be filled with the glory of God. It is God’s gift to us, showing us the way of life and we should read it every day.
The easiest way to satisfy ourselves that the Bible is the Word of God is to read it and to re-read it. Constant reading will bring a greater awareness of its divine origin. An on-going acquaintance with its message will bring a conviction that it could never have been engineered, produced and preserved by man.
How can we prove that the Bible really is God’s Word? God himself who anticipated it and has given the answer in many places in the Bible. One of these places is in the prophecy of Isaiah “For I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10). Look at the claims that God makes here.
He alone is God and there is no other. He can tell the future. We know by experience that no man can reliably tell the future. In the Bible God foretells events that humanly speaking would be impossible to predict, and yet they have come to pass with unerring accuracy. He has the power to accomplish His predictions. Thus He claims not only to be able to foretell the future but also to bring it to pass. The prophecies of the Bible substantiate its claim to be inspired by God.
Is there a personal message in the Bible for us? Yes, there is. God offers men and women the hope of sharing in His kingdom on earth when Jesus Christ returns. This message of hope is called the gospel, which means the good news or glad tidings of the coming Kingdom of God, and salvation from sin and death through the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the message that Christ and his disciples preached in Mark 16:15-16.
The accuracy which has been preserved despite every attempt to corrupt, attack, or destroy it is clear testimony to the fact that the Bible is truly God’s Word. It should not surprise us that, no matter how the Bible is attacked, it always comes out unchanged and unscathed. After all, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” found in Mark 13:31. After looking at the evidence, one can say without a doubt that, yes, the Bible is truly God’s Word.
The Bible is a book therefore of real people and real events but in all these events there are lessons to be learned about God, His ways and His plans for the future. In His word God promises the fulfilment of prophecies that have been made and in doing so gives us the confidence that God will continue to deliver on what He has said and will ultimately fill the world with His glory.
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