The Word of God – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

With this verse we have the God given truth that Scripture is the written revelation of God. He is behind it and inspiring it. This fact alone establishes the credibility of the words that are recorded. God has always provided written revelation to His children. The Bible is inspired by God Himself and, considering Who God is, it naturally follows that this written revelation will be without error, consistent with itself and true in all it addresses as it exists in the original manuscripts. Context is certainly critical in interpretation, yet, even context is subject to the Divine Inspiration’s intent. The overarching purpose of God must guide our interpretation of each individual part. Ultimately, it is the Word of God and is true in all respects and must be handled as such.

No other book has endured so many attacks and stood the test of time as the Bible. Many ‘intelligent’ men have predicted its demise; yet, as one man remarked, ‘the Bible always rises up to outlive its pallbearers’ – even if they be Christian men and women. Sadly, it sometimes seems the church is the leading voice in questioning Scripture these days. Maybe it is simply an outgrowth of our confused, skeptical culture. Maybe it speaks to our lack of confidence in Who God actually is and what He has actually done. Ultimately, our perspective on Scripture says nothing about God and everything about us.

May God continue to protect the veracity of His written revelation. It is through this Word that He thoroughly equips us for the work to which He has called us.

‘Every Word of God proves true.’ Proverbs 30:5

‘Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things in Your law.’ Psalms 119:18

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