Ask the Pastor 86
Ask the Pastor 86
How do we know the Bible came from God?
In these times in which we live, there are more and more people who view the Bible as just another religious book. Unfortunately, believers who believe the Bible is the Word of God do not spend much time reading it and knowing what it says. It may be a good time to think about what the Bible is and why it is more than just a book. The number one authority on the Bible is our Lord Jesus Christ; He constantly referred to the Old Testament as the Word of God e.g. John 10:35. He referred to the whole Old Testament, individual books, events and even letters and parts of letters. He had a habit of referring to passages that are in dispute today such as creation, the flood and the book of Daniel. He used the Scriptures to rebuke Satan and to keep from temptation, when He said, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4ff). Our Lord taught concerning its: Authority, Mt. 22:43; Reliability, Mt. 26:54; Finality, Mt. 4:4,7,10; Sufficiency, Luke 16:31; Indestructibility, Mt. 5:17-18; Unity, Luke 24:27,44; Clarity, Luke 24:27; Historicity, Mt. 12:40; Facticity, Mt. 19:2-5; Inerrancy, Mt. 22:39, John 3:12,17:17; and Infallibility, John 10:35 (see When Skeptics Ask p. 143). Our Lord also promised the coming of the New Testament, that His own Spirit would guide them into all truth (John 14:25-26, 16:13). These Apostles became the agents for the Holy Spirit to write the New Testament and to be the whole Word of God along with the Old Testament. The Bible as the Word of God rests primarily on the word of our Lord Jesus, therefore, unless He lied, it is what He said it is and is of great value. It is as we read, “but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31).
Have questions about the Bible? Send them to Dr. Greg Koehn at firstname.lastname@example.org and read the answer here in this article.