There is a lot of confusion about how we know about the word of God. Has God mad his commands and requirements know? Some questions that must be answered:
- The question we must ask ourselves is how can we know that the Bible is the Word of God and not just a good book?
- What is unique about the Bible that sets it apart from all other religious books ever written?
- Is there any evidence that the Bible is truly God’s Word?
These types of questions must be seriously examined if we are to determine the validity of the Bible’s claim to be the very Word of God, divinely inspired, and totally sufficient for all matters of faith and practice.
There can be no doubt that the Bible does claim to be the very Word of God. This is clearly seen in Paul’s commendation to Timothy: “… from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in the Messiah Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
What Jesus thinks: Consider this from Jesus:
You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
“ ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 15:7–9). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Let’s dig deeper.
- Matthew 15:6 — 6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
- Psalm 147:19 — 19 He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
- Exodus 20:1–17 — 1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Master your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Master your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. 7 “You shall not take the name of the Master your God in vain, for the Master will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. 8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Master your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 “For in six days the Master made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Master blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Master your God gives you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
There are both internal and external evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word. The internal evidences are those things within the Bible that testify of its divine origin. One of the first internal evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word is seen in its unity.
Even though it is really sixty-six individual books, written on three continents, in three different languages, over a period of approximately 1500 years, by more than 40 authors who came from many walks of life, the Bible remains one unified book from beginning to end without contradiction. This unity is unique from all other books and is evidence of the divine origin of the words which God moved men to record.
- Exodus 24:3 — 3 Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the Master and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Master has spoken we will do!”
- Exodus 34:27–28 — 27 Then the Master said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the Master forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
- Deuteronomy 5:5 — 5 while I was standing between the Master and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Master; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain. He said,
- Isaiah 2:3 — 3 And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Master, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the Master from Jerusalem.