“If you’ve ever studied some complex or controversial subject in depth, you know the frustration of trying to find two or three authorities who agree on any and all points. It basically never happens.”Living By The Book, Howard G. Hendricks, William D. Hendricks
What is reassuring is to ascertain our firm foundation rests on these facts:
The Bible comprised of 66 inimitable books written over the course of some 1600 years by more than 40 human authors from various backgrounds are without contradiction.
The Bible was not man’s perception but God’s specific Word. Peter wrote, “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20-21, NLT). God “breathed out” the words and the prophets, using their own unique personalities and backgrounds, wrote exactly what was revealed, even when it included their own sins (Peter denying Christ three times, etc.). The Apostle Paul, under the authority of the Holy Spirit, emphasized the inspiration of Scripture, (Scripture is another word for the Bible, the Word of 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” (2 Timothy 3:16, NLT). These men were not robots but were divinely moved to write in their own writing styles and perspectives to give us the Word of God.
The Bible bears witness of its own inerrancy. Numerous times, Jesus quoted from the Old Testament authenticating the accuracy of Scripture. The Bible is God’s revelation to man. Revelation means “unveiling” and God has unveiled, pulled back the curtains for us to see, truth.
The Bible is HIS STORY!
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord . . .’” (Jeremiah 9:23, 24, NLT).
God wants us to know Him, and therefore gave us the Bible. The first event to “hang on our chronological clothesline” is
“In the beginning…” (Genesis 1:1).
God wants us to know He was there in the beginning before anything or anyone existed. Only God is eternal. All else has a beginning. God is the only Being Whose origin didn’t derive outside of Himself.
God had no beginning and will have no end.
“Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God” (Psalm 90:2, NLT).
Depositing another block in our foundation!