God’s Word: It Does a Body Good! Week 3: Why I Believe in the Word of God
Why I Believe in the Word of God
Dr. Allan Bosson
Introduction: II Timothy 3:14-17; I Peter 1:22-25; II Peter 1:19-21
There is no question that the Bible is the most authentic, trustworthy, amazing book in all the world. Written over a period of fifteen hundred years in three major languages-Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic-the Bible is the oldest complete collection of literature on this planet. It contains sixty-six books that were written by forty authors, many of whom did not know one another or live in the same dimension of time, on three major continents-Europe, Asia, and Africa, and yet there is an amazing harmony and consistent message throughout all of its pages.
Christians believe that the Bible is the revelation of God to man. It is the record of God’s dealings with man, which serves as a divine compass to direct all who believe its message to eternal life. The truth is, we come to know the one sovereign God by reading about Him in the Bible. Did you realize that the Bible never tries to prove the existence of God? It starts with the basic premise that God is and that the Bible is the true and accurate message from God. If the Bible were not true, its God would not be true either.
Of course, there are many religions of the world, each of them claiming that their god is the real God. Many religions, for example, have their own scriptures which claim to have the same authority as the Bible. The Mormon church of the Latter Day Saints, has the book of Mormon; Muslims have the Koran; the Scandinavians the Eddas; the Buddhists the Tripitokas; the Hindus the Vedas: the Persians the Zendavesta; the Confucianists the Analects; the Shintoists the Kojiki; the Unitarianists the Divine Principles of Unification. But the Bible emphatically proclaims that all other gods are false, and all other scriptures are simply non-authoritative writings of mere men. The Bible declares repeatedly that there is only one true God (Isa 43:8-13) and one true, inerrant, infallible written word (2 Tim 3:13-17; Rev 22:18-19).
So how can we be so sure the Bible was written by the one and only true God? Let’s consider:
I. The infallibility of the Bible, 1 Peter 1:25
A. God’s infallible record to men
1. Divinely inspired, II Tim 3:16
2. Divinely impelled, II Pet 1:20-21
3. Divinely imprinted, Luke 24:27
B. God’s infallible rule for men, vs 25
II. The indestructibility of the Bible, I Peter 1:25
A. The Bible’s preservation
B. The Bible’s publication
C. The Bible’s presentation
III. The indispensability of the Bible, I Peter 1:25
A. The revelation of God, Hebrews 1:1-2
B. The redemption of man, Acts 4:12
1. Personal salvation, II Timothy 3:14-15
2. Marital integration, Ephesians 5:22-33