Isn’t the contents of the Bible written by men?
We believe that the Bible was written by men who were moved and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Therefore it is said that “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tim 3:16). “What God said to you…” (Mt 22:31). Its wonders, liveliness, greatness, firmness, richness, mysteries and truth, far surpasses human wisdom. Without revelation from God, no one can write a book with such authoritiveness. “Men spoke from God as they wore carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pet 1:21)
In what ways did God have His word written in the Bible?
God entrusted the Jews, his chosen people, with his words (Rom 3:1-2; 9:4). None could hear God speak except them (Deut 1:33;36).
Most authors of the Bible were Jews who received living words to pass on to us (Acts 7:38).
The following are indications of the sources and method:
1. God spoke to Moses face to face, clearly and not in riddles (Num 12:7-8).
2. God wrote his words on the tablets (Ex 31:15; Deut 10:2).
3. God spoke to his prophets (1 Kgs 19:12-13; 1 Sam 3:10)
4. God spoke in heaven from above the clouds to guide his people (Mt 3:17; Lk 9:35; Jn 12:28,30)
5. God sent angels to announce his Word (Dan 9:21; Lk 1:11; Heb 2:2)
6. God revealed himself in visions and dreams (Num 12:6; Mt 1:20; 2 Cor 12:1,4)
7. Through the Holy Spirit, God inspired prophets and disciples (2 Sam 23:2; 2 Pet 1:21; Rev 1:19)
8. God sent his Son Jesus, to speak his word (Jn 3:34, 8:26; 12:49-50)
The contents of the Bible is the word of God.
The purpose of examining the Bible is to know God’s word (Acts 17:11). God’s word is a tool of expression and exchange. The Word of God long existed before the written word of man came into being.
– The Word was God. “The Word was with God”. “The Word was with God in the beginning” (Jn 1:2), which is “the word of life from the beginning.” (1 Jn 1:1)
– The Word must become flesh, as can be seen with our eyes, touched with our hands and dwells among us and gives us the eternal life of the Word (1 Jn 1:1-2). On the other hand, before the Word became flesh, it was prophesied in the Old Testament and testified in The New Testament so that this fact can be understood through words (2 Tim 2:4-5). The word of the prophets was made more certain (2 Pet 1:19).
The contents of the Bible was written in an orderly account for us that we may know the certainty of the things we have learned (Lk 1:3-4).
Note: The Bible also include quotations and historical events thus we must study carefully.
The Bible does not only contain quotations of God, but also records of historical events. Many words are expressed by men and angels (Lk 2:13; Rev 22:8-9), even Satan (Job 2:4). But the Bible clearly categorizes its writings and we can discern their differences. For example, God said to Adam, “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Gen 2:18). But Satan said, “You will not surely die.” God said, “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” But Satan said, “All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.” This is a sharp contrast. Satan opposes God’s word and tempts people not to believe in the Bible. He also uses men as channels for his deceptive words (Mt 16:23; Acts 16:16-17). He uses biblical words, which he distorts, to tempt men (2 Cor 11:3). We must be discerning lest we be trapped by Satan and his deceptive schemes (Eph 4:14).
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