As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 1 titled “What is the Bible.” In reading this chapter I came across some Scripture references we may all be familiar with, but gained some good insight still. The Bible can be broken down into 4 categories: authority, clarity, necessity, and sufficiency.
The Authority of Scripture
It is important that the Bible be the basis for our beliefs for several reasons.
- In 2 Timothy 3:16 it says, “All Scripture is inspired by God or God breathed.
- In Hebrews 1:1 we read, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways.“
- In 2 Peter 1:21 it says, “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
- Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth ; Your word is truth.”
These verses tell us that the word’s of the Bible are God’s words, and that He spoke to the authors in different ways. Sometimes He spoke directly to the writer who recorded what he heard. (Revelation 2:1) Other times it was based on interviews and research. (Luke 1:1-3) At times the Holy Spirit brought to mind things that Jesus taught. ( John 14:26). We can’t just say it was written by men thousands of years ago so it does not mean anything today. Ultimately, the writer wrote down exactly what God wanted them to write. Since God claims that the words of the Bible are His words, there is no higher authority for Scripture.
The Holy Spirit does not change Scripture, He does not make the words become the words of God since they always have been. The Holy Spirit does change the reader. When reading the Bible the Holy Spirit makes person aware that the Bible is not like any other book.
Most importantly, since the words of the Bible are God’s words, we should seek to understand them. In doing so we learn about God, and have a better understanding of Him. When we trust and obey Scripture, we trust and obey God Himself. I may not fully understand everything the Bible says, but I have enough faith and trust in God, to believe without doubt God’s Word to us. I know that the more I read, the more I know His will for my life. The more I know about my Heavenly Father.