The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.[Psalm 119:160]
In attempting to provide more succinct yet substantive blogs, I have decided to begin a new series called “The Bible Says.” If there was ever a generation that simply needed to hear what the Bible says and recover a Biblical worldview, it is ours.
The Bible addresses the significant, fundamental questions of life pertaining to our origin, identity, purpose, and destiny, while at the same time providing practical precepts for everyday living. This series will attempt to provide Biblical answers to some of life’s most critical questions and also expose the many errors being perpetuated both in the church and in this Biblically illiterate culture.
So what a better place to start than to examine what the Bible says about … itself. After all, the Bible consistently makes the claim that it is the revealed word of the One True Living God. The Bible is not just a book about God. It is the Word of God.
Obviously, if there is a God and if He has spoken, then we had better listen. So before we begin anywhere else, let’s see what the Bible says about itself.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.[2 Timothy 3:16-17 — NIV]
From Genesis to Revelation, the internal witness of Scripture presumes and asserts that the Bible is the unique, supernatural word of God. Literally there are hundreds of references in Scripture to such phrases as, “Thus says the LORD” and “the word of the LORD” and “God said” and “the LORD said” etc…
Every human author of Scripture acknowledged the divine origin of the Bible by virtue of inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We must consider that the Bible — including the Old and New Testaments — was written over a period of 1,500 years by over 40 different authors living on three different continents in three different languages, and yet when put together it forms one cohesive, coherent witness without contradiction. Only a divine author can account for the flawless integrity and supernatural unity of the Holy Bible, which is why it forever will be the Book of books.
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.21For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.[2 Peter 1:19-21]
God’s Word Endures Forever
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.[Jesus Christ — Matthew 24:35 — NIV]
Not only does the Bible claim to be the infallible, inspired Word of God, but also it claims to be eternal in nature. In other words, the Bible is indestructible. It has endured the test of time and survived the most aggressive opposition. No other book in history has been so maligned and hated. Hostile men have tried to silence it, burn it, criminalize it, confiscate it, and eradicated it from the face of the earth, and yet the Bible remains today the most powerful and influential Book of all time.
God’s word transcends all times, places, peoples, and cultures and remains more relevant today than ever before. The Bible has endured and will continue to endure forevermore. As the Psalmist says, “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” [Psalm 119:89].
God has spoken. We will do well to listen.
As I open God’s word to address what the Bible says about the various topics, issues, and subjects of life and reality, I will be doing so from the perspective of the divinely inspired and eternal nature of God’s word.
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.[1 Peter 1:23-25]