Do you remember receiving your first library card? For most of us, it was our first official identification. It gave a kid a sense of identity to see their name laminated on a card. Suddenly, you could access a collection of free books. Young explorers could scan bookshelves stocked with entertainment and educational resources.
Years have passed, and the allure of the neighborhood library pales with the endless supply of Internet resources. With a few keystrokes, we have information readily available. There is one library, however, that hasn’t lost its allure. This library of books continues to stir curiosity, controversy, and wonder because of its incredible collection of knowledge. It’s the Bible.
The Inspired Word of God
Per Easton’s Bible Dictionary “Biblia” is the Greek word for Bible and it means “books.” Writers from different cultures, economic standing, and educational backgrounds wrote the sixty-six books. It took over sixteen hundred years, and yet the Bible maintained clarity and continuity within its beautiful story arc. God inspired the words that penned the scriptures in the Bible (also known as God’s Word), but some may question its validity.
The Authority of God’s Word
What gives the Bible authority? When someone challenges the authority of God’s Word, they’re not necessarily questioning God’s existence, but the Bible itself. What makes this book different from other religious books?
Seeking to authenticate the Bible as God’s Word, implies that God, to some degree, has revealed His existence. It is certainly possible to know God without reading the Bible.
“They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
Romans 1:19-20 New Living Translation
If we recognize God’s existence, then it’s not unreasonable to search for truth in the preserved book that claims to be God’s words. Can the Bible speak for itself and differentiate itself from other religious books? Here’s an interesting scripture.
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1 NLT
The Bible is unique in the sense that the Word is the person of Jesus and affirmed in John 1:14, “So the Word became human and made his home among us…” Jesus is God and the Word. No other book can make that claim. The Bible shares the thoughts, character, and instructive wisdom of God because it’s His words. Every word was inspired by God.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT.
God’s Word doesn’t need to be authenticated by a created authority, but the Bible has no authority unless we give it authority. When we give the Bible the authority to speak into our lives, we give God authority over our lives.
The Power of God’s Word
The Bible is a spiritual and powerful book. No one can convince someone that the Bible is God’s Word, but when we give the Bible the authority to speak into our lives, truth reveals the truth.
The Holy Spirit unlocks God’s truth to us. The Bible becomes alive and full of relevance, wisdom, and love. God himself speaks to us through the pages of the Bible—heart to heart.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
God initiates a conversation as we read the scriptures, and he waits for a response. His revealed truth brings spiritual understanding and emotional connection that transforms our lives. No other religious book has the power to interact with its reader. God reveals who he is, and who we are from God’s perspective—imperfect but deeply loved children of God.
The Faithfulness of God’s Word
Just as truth reveals the truth, scripture interprets scripture. Scripture does not contradict itself, and therefore the Bible is inerrant. We can put our trust in the Bible because God does not lie or change. God is faithful therefore the Bible is reliable.
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
Numbers 23:19 NLT
Contradictions or varied opinions are not Biblical flaws. Some mysteries in the Bible have no explanation—we simply don’t have answers. The faithfulness of God’s Word, however, is revealed in the sufficiency of its content. The Bible contains what we need to cultivate an intimate relationship with God and live an abundant life.
God’s Library of Truth
The Bible is not like any other book. It’s our plum line for Christian living. We don’t have to determine our ethical boundaries or create standards between right and wrong; if we did, our faith would be subjective.
We don’t have to disprove another belief to prove that the Bible is God’s Word—it stands on its own. The Bible is our constant source of truth because of its inerrancy.
I believe that the Bible’s transforming power speaks for itself. When we submit to the Bible’s authority, we submit to God. As we read the scriptures, God initiates a conversation, and he patiently waits for our response. When we choose to obey the entire Word of God, our lives, priorities, and relationships change. As believers, we have access to God’s library of truth called the Bible. It is God’s expression of love filled with promise and hope.
Easton, M.G. Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Logos Bible Software. Vers. 6. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 1991. Computer Software.
Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Leicester: Inter-Varsity, 2007. Print.
Williams, Shawn. “”Key Doctrines”.” Biblical Theology 1. 1001 New Beginnings Dr, Henderson, NV 89011, Henderson. 19 Jan. 2017. Lecture.