Tuesday, July 28th
We have come to the end of chapter 3 and I personally feel as if I have won the blog lottery. I was so excited to see that my turn in the rotation fell on 2 of the most significant verses we use as proof that the words of scripture (both OT and NT) are not merely words of men, but the very voice of God. Forgive me for going over my word count but this is WAY TO IMPORTANT. HANGETH THOU IN THERE.
Today I thought I would spend a few minutes looking at the Doctrine of the Word of God.
John MacArthur wrote concerning the Bible “Some books change thinking – this book – the Bible changes your nature and your eternal destination.”
As we think through this doctrine and these verses, and as you see how valuable the Bible is, keep in mind the instruction from Paul to “guard the treasure.”
Principle # 1 – The Bible is God-Breathed – 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
The NASB uses the word “inspired” in its translation, but the Greek here is theopneustos; theo– being God and pneustos being breathed. What we need to take from this principle, and from the passages listed above, is that the Bible and all of its words are God’s. The 2 Timothy 3:16 passage defines for us the nature of inspiration. When we compare it with the passage in 1 Peter, we see the method of inspiration. The Bible is so sweet that scholars use the term theanthropic which means fully divine (from God) and fully human (written by man). I have included below two important ideas from a presentation I made on the Doctrine of the Bible that show the view of Scripture that Jesus had. I suggest that we take a closer look and follow the cross references. This is important information about a very important doctrine…don’t you want to know what you are guarding?
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Principle # 2 – The Bible is Holy and entirely true. 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 1:2
Since the Bible is God’s Word we must look at a few cross references to prove the point that the Bible is without error. Take some time to look up Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18 and see what you learn. The principle of the inerrancy (without error) is one of the greatest attacks against God’s Word. Here in Canada, a recent survey was done in which 69% of Canadians (half of which are Christians) believe there are irreconcilable contradictions. Only 2% of those who believe there are errors in scripture actually read it.
The books of Titus and Hebrews say that God cannot lie; we know Jesus was sinless and claimed scripture as truth. So, the Bible is without error. This should bring great comfort in knowing what you are guarding is precious and valuable because it is perfect.
Principle # 3 – The Bible is Sufficient for me. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Did you see in your study why the Bible is good? It’s profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Verse 17 says that through these scriptures we’ll be equipped for “every good work.” In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said “It is written ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. Look at our world around us – how many of us have run to books written by man in our attempt to gain wisdom in things like leadership, better marriages, or how to raise children; people look to the Oprah, or to the doctors Phil and Oz to solve the problems in their lives. Christian brothers and sisters: listen carefully…those books are written by man and are filled with error and sin. You want solutions to the greatest needs in your life? Look no further than the 66 books of the Bible. Getting the picture yet? See why you have to guard and protect His Word?
Principle # 4 – The Bible is essential and necessary. 2 Timothy 3:15
For the final principle we have to look back to 2 Timothy 3:15 to see what Paul says to Timothy. Paul says from childhood Timothy knew the sacred writings. Those writings gave wisdom and that wisdom led to salvation. The truth is this…God’s Word points people to Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved. Today, so many people are searching to hear the voice of God, but God primarily speaks through His Word. If we want to hear His voice we MUST be in His Word. Moses told the Israelites that God’s Word was to be their life, (Dt. 32:47) God told Joshua that he would gain wisdom (success) through His Word (Josh. 1:8) and there are many more examples of God’s Word and its power to bring life to those who read it.
My prayer is that now that you see how valuable this treasure really is, do you understand why we must guard it? Are you willing to give your life for the gospel, if it came to dying for what you know is true?
The Word of God – His very voice – is perfect and it’s sufficient. It is necessary for life… so guard it with yours.