The Bible claims, first of all, to be the Word of God to man:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (I Timothy 3:16)
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation (origin), for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (II Peter 1:20-21)
These verses make a tremendous claim, they say that the Bible prophets did not just conjure up what they wrote out of the air. Rather, they recorded what was given to them directly by God. They were moved (literally “borne along”) by the Holy Spirit. That does not mean that their individual personality or style of writing was overpowered. It means that they were kept from having any error creep into what they wrote. And if it truly is what it claims to be, a God-inspired book, then it is absolutely trustworthy.
Secondly, the bible is claimed by Yeshua:
While Yeshua was on earth, He affirmed the Bible’s claims for itself. The Son of God showed the Bible to be the Word of God by what he said about it and how He used it. He regarded the Bible and its stories as fact, as something that happened, something historically accurate that applies to us. Thus, Yeshua confirmed its authenticity and accuracy as:
- “The commandment of God” (Mark 7:8)
- “The Word of God” (Mark 7:13; John 10:35)
- Jonah (Matthew 12:38-41)
- Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4-5)
- Noah and the flood (Matthew 24:37-39)
- “Scripture” (Luke 4:21; John 5:39, 10:35)
- Lot, Lot’s wife, and Sodom (Luke 17:28-32)
He saw His own words as Scripture to be believed and obeyed. (John 12:48-49)
He held people responsible for what was written in the Scriptures. (Matthew 12:3)
He used Scriptures as conclusive evidence in answering His critics:
- Matthew 22:32 quoting Exodus 3:6-15
- Matthew 22:42-44 quoting Psalm 110:1
- He used the authority of Scripture to refute the temptations of Satan in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:4-10)
The Writers Claims For the Bible. The individual writers affirmed the Bible’s claims for itself by accepting the other parts of the Bible as the Word of God. First let’s look at how the Bible writers viewed the Scriptures:
- When Daniel read Jeremiah’s prophecy that the Babylonian captivity would last 70 years, he accepted it as true and began to pray and plan accordingly. (Daniel 9:2)
- Peter accepted the supernatural origin of the writings in the Old Testament prophets and Paul’s writings as scripture, even though he sometimes did not understand it. (II Peter 1:21) (II Peter 3:15-16)
- Secondly, the Biblical writers often saw themselves as communicating the Word of God. The prophet Isaiah began his book by proclaiming “For the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah1:2)
- The prophet Jeremiah opened his prophecy by saying, “Then the Word of the Lord came to me.” (Jeremiah 1:4)
- God commissioned Ezekiel to go to His people and tell them “Thus says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 3:11) · Paul claimed that the words he spoke were directly from God. (Galatians 1:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
There are, of course, many more than “three reasons to trust the Bible.” Among these are textual unity, textual preservation, historical accuracy, scientific accuracy, prophetic accuracy and its social and personal impact. Regardless, the above three reasons are enough to show that the claims that Liberals and cults make against the Bible are unfounded!
Discussion Questions for The Importance of Bible Study
Open Q: Have you ever taken a risk? If so what was it, and what happened?
- Read Joshua 1:8; 24:14-15. Answer the following questions,
- What did these statements mean to Joshua?
- What risk could he have been taking?
- How can this statement, when applied to your life, make your life a difference?
- Why would studying God’s Word be essential for our growth?
- What happens to Christians when they do not do as Joshua did?
- Read Psalm 1, What are the benefits of studying God’s Word? This does not mean problems will not come our way. But these verses do say that when we continue in His Word, we will be rich in fulfillment and meaning. Something that money, cars, popularity, cats, or anything can ever do! Just watch the VH1 biographies of famous rock, TV and movie stars. Consider what money, fame, and success did for them. 99% of the time they ended up dead from drugs, or totally frustrated and disillusioned with life. All that they had, which most of us can only dream about, could not bring them the deep fulfillment and happiness they desired! David was the same way, when he became king he had everything in his hands, yet he still fell to the temptation of sin.
- Q: Are you confident that you know the Bible? Why or why not?
- If you had everything you ever wanted, what difference would that make? Would you end up like a Jim Morrison, Jimmy Hendriks, or Janis Joplin (Most popular rock stars of the 60’s who all died by choking on their vomit, and died totally disillusioned and hopelessly unhappy). What about Curt Corbain, who committed suicide at the height of his popularity a few years ago? How would their lives be different with God’s Word?
- Why did God give us the Bible?
- So what will God’s Word mean to you?
- What will you do now that you know the importance of God’s Word?
- Do the three reasons make sense to you so that you can have more faith and trust in the Bible? If so, why is that important?
There are many ways in which we can trust in the Bible. Over the course of next week, look for and write down things that are happening to you, such as problems, frustrations, decisions, and opportunities. Then take record of how the Bible could make a difference. Keep stress, anxiety, busyness, social impact and personal impact in mind when considering these things.
“GOING DEEP” Lay on the floor with the lights off and eyes closed. Imagine yourselves as Joshua while meditating on passages 1:8 & 24:1-15. Remain silent for 2 to 3 minutes and have someone read chapters 16-18 aloud, then remind the listeners that this is their story, and they are to imagine they are present!
Ask; how did it feel to be Joshua? Could you actually see yourself there, why or why not? What did you see, what did you hear, what did you smell? Could you have been bold as Joshua and said and acted as he did?
© 1993 R. J. Krejcir, Into Thy Word Ministries http://www.discipleshiptools.org/