Bible Questions

Bible Questions

How do we know that the Bible is the Word of God?

The Holy Spirit endorses it as the Word of God, causing us to accept its message and to prove its power in our lives. (To this 'internal' evidence we may add many 'external' evidences that give supporting testimony to the Holy Spirit's endorsement.)

The Holy Spirit is intimately connected with the Bible.

All the books of the Bible owe their origin to Him (Matthew 22:43; Acts 28:25; Hebrews 3:7).

The writers were 'carried along' by the Holy Spirit's influence (2 Peter 1:21). The exercise of their natural faculties was not interfered with, yet spontaneously they produced what God planned - so perfectly that what they said, God said (Daniel 9:10).

As the Bible is either read or preached it is the Holy Spirit's particular right to endorse and make certain its truth in the hearts and minds of individual readers, according to His will.

When the Holy Spirit chooses so to act, the message of the Bible comes home to individuals with great power behind it - the Holy Spirit's power - which results in deep conviction (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

The message of the Bible is recognized to be then what it is - the Word of God and not human opinion (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

The Bible becomes an increasing influence and power in our life

When such power is known, the call of God to the individual through the Bible, by the working of the Holy Spirit, is answered - that is to say, the message is received, and acted upon. The way in which the promises of the gospel then become real in a person's life confirms the truth of the Bible (Psalms 34:4, Psalms 34:6, Psalms 34:8; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8).

The Bible finds a primary place in a person's life as a consequence, transforming it (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; Psalms 119:9-11).

Our conviction that the Bible is the Word of God grows as our Christian experience of God increases.

Every promise we rightfully claim is fulfilled (2 Corinthians 1:20).

The more we know the Scriptures the more we find them relevant and suitable to our need (Psalms 119:49-56).

We find that the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible, whether we read in the Old or the New Testament (Psalms 95:7-11; compare Hebrews 3:7-11, noticing verse 7 - 'as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice"').

The Bible becomes an increasing influence and power in our life (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 5:14).

As we consider the 'external' evidences that the Bible is the Word of God our conviction concerning its inspiration is strengthened. There are many such evidences and each is worthy of thought.

The Bible's age.

Its preservation in spite of many attacks.

Its amazing unity, although made up of sixty-six different books, written by over forty authors, over a great period of time.

The prophecies made in the Bible that have been fulfilled (Deuteronomy 28:64; compared with Jeremiah 30:11; Micah 5:2; Zechariah 9:9; Zechariah 11:12-13).

Its knowledge of human nature.

Its frankness and honesty when dealing with its heroes.

Its superb moral teaching: it never falls short of the highest even in the darkest hours of human history.

Its power to change people's lives.

The testimony of much of contemporary science. The evidence that science gives concerning the creation of the universe, the evidence of geology, archaeology and geography all add confirmation to the fact that the Bible is the Word of God.

Most important of all the 'external' evidences is the Lord Jesus Christ's repeated testimony to the Old Testament as the Word of God (e.g. Matthew 5:18; Mark 12:36).

The essential conviction that the Bible is the Word of God comes not from these 'external' evidences, however, but from the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual insight is given to Christian believers (1 John 2:20, 1 John 2:27).

The Holy Spirit guides Christians into everything that is true (John 16:13-14).

Christians are given an understanding that is not natural to fallen human beings (1 Corinthians 2:10-12): this explains their growing conviction that the Bible is the Word of God.