Many today want to throw the Bible out completely. They try to discredit God’s people by saying we’re intolerant and mean-spirited when we call for a biblical standard. Attempting to destroy God’s Word is nothing new, but God will preserve it and one day judge those who try to destroy it just as He did in Jeremiah’s time.
While we can rejoice that God will deal with evil men who reject His Word, we may need to examine our attitudes toward Scripture, as well.
How do we view the Bible? Do we see it as a cafeteria line where we can pick and choose what we like? Do we cut and paste it at will? Do we view it as merely a book of nice suggestions for living? Or do we view it as God’s Word and allow it to direct every area of our lives? Continue reading →
This week we’re going to take a little bite out of the Doctrine of the Bible or Bibliology.
The Greek word for Bible is Biblos, but when the early Christians wrote the name on a scroll containing God’s Word, they wrote Ho Biblos: Biblos meaning Book and Ho meaning The.
The Bible is no ordinary book. It is The Book.
2 Timothy 3.16-17 says:
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
It was inspired by God. The literal translations says God breathed it out.
The Bible is not a book about God, it is the very Word of God.
Didn’t Men Write the Bible
But wait a minute, didn’t men write the Bible? What about Moses, Peter, Paul, John and other biblical authors?
Men penned the Bible. They were His instruments transcribing what was in the mind of God.
I’m a note taker. I take lots of notes … during church services, in classes, and when I’m counseling. I even have a preferred writing instrument, a special pen I like to use when writing. Yet, it would be silly to say that my pen took notes. It was merely the instrument.
2 Peter 1.21 says:
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
The same Greek word was used in Acts 27.15 talking about a ship caught in a powerful storm. It says:
15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along (NASB).
The storm was so fierce that the sailors couldn’t sail into it without great danger. They had to allowed the ship to be “driven along” by the wind. Continue reading →