28
Jan
09

What does the Bible say about Itself?

What does the Bible say about itself?
First some words to unpack.
1. Revelation – apokalupsis – disclosure or unveiling – (general and special rev.)
2. Inspiration – (verbal-every word – plenary-all parts equally inspired) – God the Holy Spirit superintending over writers of scripture (using personalities and style and resulting in God’s word. – theopneustos a term that is only used once in the N.T. a (hapax legomenon)
2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is (theopneustos) “God-breathed” breathed out by God. God originated all scripture and breathed it forth.
We do not listen for the voice of God we have it recorded in the scriptures.
3. Inerrancy – Infallible (w/out error in original manuscripts)

Now let’s look at what the Bible says about the Bible.

The Bible is:
1. The Word of God
Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” (Jeremiah 1:9).

The Bible is more than a book detailing men’s thoughts about what God is like. It is God’s communication to men. His words are transmitted to us through its pages.

2. A living book
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12).

In what way is the Bible alive?
It is alive in that it is the word of the Living God. It is alive in that it is active in its ministry to your heart. Like a surgeon’s scalpel, it cuts through the facade to speak to the inner you. It gets down to the real heart of issues.

3. A preserved book
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8).

Voltaire was the French philosopher-scientist who, before he died in 1778, predicted that within 100 years, Christianity would be swept away from existence and pass into the obscurity of history. Within 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society was using his house and printing press to produce stacks of Bibles.

4. A book of reality
For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty (2 Peter 1:16).

Peter says, “The things about which we wrote to you are not theological speculation, but rather an eye witness account.” John says the same thing when he speaks of “what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life” (1 John 1:1).

5. An Inerrant book.
If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came; and the Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35).
Luke 24:44-47

Inerrancy means when all the facts are known, the Scriptures (original manuscripts) properly interpreted will be shown totally true in everything they teach – doctrine, history, science, geography, etc.

6. A propositional book (a book that compels you to consider things)
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).

God does not call us to abandon all sense of reason or thought when we come to Him. We are not to check in our brains at the door to the church and then pick them up again when we leave. He calls us to reason and to judge and to weigh out the facts of our salvation.

7. A needful book
To Direct my Life: Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Thy word (Psalm 119:67).
The Bible is our roadmap for living. It is the light to my path.

To Lift my Spirits: I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O LORD, according to Thy word (Psalm 119:107).
While Hebrew 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is alive and powerful, here we read that this same word is able to revive me.

To Nourish my Soul: And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:3-4).

To Announce His Plan of Redemption: Surely the Lord God does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).

God always speaks when He institutes redemptive activity. And by the same token, when He does not institute new redemptive activity, there is no need for God to give new revelation.

God has ceased to give new revelation or special revelations to men individually or as a group, because He has given us all we need in the scriptures.

“400 years of silence from the prophet Malachi to the prophet John the Baptist.
This idea of the cessation of revelation ought not to surprise us. The revelatory process never came in an unbroken stream. It was always here a little and there a little (Isaiah 28:13). The fact that the Old Testament canon closed and that revelation ceased for a time sets up a paradigm for the closing of revelation in the New Testament.”

God’ revealed will is set forth in scripture we do not listen to voices or intuitions we have the more sure word revealed through Jesus Christ and written in one Book the Bible. 2 Peter 1:2-3

One more I will add.
The Bible is:
8. A sufficient book
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17

Sufficiency – Scripture contains all the words of God he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and it now contains all the words of God we need for salvation, for trusting Him completely, and for obeying Him perfectly.

To run to any other source in time of need shows a direct disregard for God’s word and lack of faith that it is sufficient. There is no need for Christians to run to psychology, religion rituals, relationships, drugs, or seclusion because God’s word is sufficient for everything that man goes through in this world. God has given us all we need in His revealed Word. Sola Scriptura

Pastor Randy Tyler
A Sovereign Grace Proclaimer

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