There was a time, not that long ago, when no one questioned the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Today, it is attacked on every front. Many sneer that the Scriptures are nothing more than a book of myths, fables, and legends produced by the imagination of man, not the inspired, inerrant revelation of God.
Author Dan Brown advanced this theory through the fictional character Sir Leigh Teabing in his best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code.
The Bible is a product of man, not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.
What do you say? Was the Bible produced by man? Or is it a product of God? How would you respond to someone who believes the Bible is simply an ancient text written by ancient men? In the following verse, the apostle Paul tells us that the entire Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament was the only Bible they had in the 1st Century) was “God-breathed.” He could have only been speaking about the Old Testament because the New Testament had not yet been completed, much less printed and distributed at this time.
All Scripture is God-breathed . . . (2 Timothy 3:16)
What Paul tells us regarding the Old Testament, our Lord tells us about the New Testament. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He gave final instructions to His disciples in the Upper Room. One of the most striking statements Jesus made gives us the confident assurance that the Bible we read is truly the Word of God:
All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:25-26)
The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of both the Old and the New Testaments to write down the very words of God. Certainly, the writers were shaped by their personalities and their life experiences, but the Spirit of God “inspired”—that is, He superintended—their writings, making the Bible the very Word of God. You can trust that the Scriptures are the work of God, not the work of man. All of the 66 books in our Bible are God-breathed and designed to help us grow and mature into the person God is calling us to be.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Let me leave you with one last thought: if the Bible is to be “useful” to you, you will have to make use of the Bible. As I frequently remind our congregation, The book you don’t read . . . won’t help!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!