"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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. II Timothy 3:16-17
There are many ideas floating around about the Bible, and many people who ask, "How do you know the Bible is God's Word instead of the writing of men and totally uninspired?" The answer for me is very simple, but rarely understood or accepted by those who have never come to know God as I have. The obvious answer is that I know the Author personally!
Now people will accept that if you have a copy of a book with an inscription from the author addressed to you personally when it comes to any other book written by men, however with the Bible it is different. The inscription dedicated to me personally is written outside the book and in my heart as proven by the salvation graciously given to me by
the Author. It is his word written on my heart that has sealed his authorship to me, and
his continued speaking to me through his word that keeps that inscription real. It is
in the many answered prayers that were brought to the Author alone and based on this book that proves over and over that the Bible is indeed his word to me and millions
of other believers across the world. Although this book was written by many servants of the Author over many years by men of varied backgrounds and experiences, they have
all been presenting one unified theme from the Old Testament through the New Testament, and that theme is the redemption of mankind through the grace of the Author.
In II Timothy 3:16 above the word for inspired is theopneustos which means "God breathed." The implication here is that God used the minds, hearts, and personal style
of the writers to present his word to mankind in a way that all men for all time would understand if they took the time to study it as they should. It is interesting that the Bible was written by a wide diversity of people over thousands of years, and even though none of them communicated with the others in their writing, there is one message of love and reconciliation for those who will receive it, and a message of condemnation for those who don't. To believe that this is the mere work of man apart from divine intervention
and direction is particularly strong evidence of the corruption of the heart.
"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
The world abounds with many books
Of varied shape and size
Both foolish men and wise.
This is to be determined by
The reader as he looks
Superficially or deeply at
The content of the books.
There are books that cover everything
'Bout fixing boats and cars,
Books concerning methods known
For making fine cigars.
Books that teach us etiquette,
And show us where to eat,
Books to teach us canning,
Or the cutting up of meat.
Books of crossword puzzles,
Books of mystery,
Books that teach us how to sew,
And books of history.
Books by great philosophers,
Books by jokesters too,
Books discussing anything
You want to know or do.
With all this book variety
Just what to read or to believe
Or on which path to go.
From all of these behind
I sought and found the noblest
Of writings I could find.
I opened up the Bible
And as I knelt to pray
The Christ who is the "Living Word"
Cleared all the mess away.