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The Bible is God’s Written Revelation to Man
It is also the “physical manifestation of truth in this universe” according to Jordan Peterson. Wow and I agree!
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.2 Peter 1:20,21 (NASB)
We learn in 1 Corinthians 2:7-14 that we don’t receive the spirit of the world when we submit to Jesus. We receive the Holy Spirit. This is so that we may know the things that God wants us to know. The things that God wants us to know are found in the bible and taught to us by the Holy Spirit.
Salvation, then, is the foundation of wisdom.
Wisdom is found in the Bible. It’s our user manual that tells us who God is. That’s my answer to what is the Bible.
That’s the Holy Spirit helping you absorb God’s wisdom. So pray, read, & contemplate on the things God wants you to know. All you need to do is pray about it and dive in. The MacArthur Study Bible is the way to go.
Scripture is Literal – Grammatically & Historically
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “all Scripture is inspired by God…so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Take notice that the Bible does not say that the Scripture writers were inspired. Scripture is inspired.
God either directly told them what to write or showed them scenes of events that they were to record in their own words.
So Scripture is God directly teaching us who we are, what we are, why we are, and when we are in the Biblical timeline. From these words (the Bible) we receive:
- teaching – divine instruction
- reproof – the correction of our beliefs through the exposure of Sin
- correction – bringing something back to it’s proper condition
- training in righteousness – adopting a life of Godly behavior
We’re basically God’s adopted children that He created in His own image. Then Adam & Eve listened to Satan, and brought Sin into “the hive” as it were. Finally, God loves us too much to destroy us so He purchased us on the cross. We are His. Created, bought, paid for, and redeemed (some of us).
He allows us to say no though. Free will is why there is so much ugly in the world. Why so many people blame God for what’s wrong in society instead of looking in the mirror is beyond me.
My advise is to dig into the word and see what the historical meaning of it was to the people at the time it was said. That connection is where we can begin picking out the true meaning of God’s inspired words. Scripture is literal and we need to remember that it’s not our story as much as it is His story of saving man.
We can learn much from that story.
The Bible is Incapable of Being Wrong
Jesus tells us that the Old Testament is the accurate and genuine Word of God down to the smallest stroke or letter. Check it out:
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.Matthew 5:18 (NASB)
This is why I use the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and the New King James Version (NKJV). These translations are considered to be very accurate. There are another couple of versions that are more poetic and still accurate, but beware the neutered versions like the NIV.
Gender studies have gained a foothold in some translations.
Jesus wraps it up nicely in John 10:35 where He says “…and the Scriptures cannot be broken,” and puts an end to the argument as far as I’m concerned.
Fragile minds like to deny the authenticity of the Bible. They have yet to prove any word of it to be wrong. You can go to Egypt and visit Joseph’s section of history and artifacts in the museum today if you want to.
Believing the Bible should be easy for us in these last days of the Church Age because we get to look at most of it from a historical perspective. It’s really hindsight at this point, and the Word has thus far been accurate. I’m guessing the remainder will also be spot on.
God Managed the Recording of His Word Through Humans
The Bible was written with dual authorship. We get this from the opening paragraph above that quotes 2 Peter 1:20, 21. “Men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
According to a quick search result, the book of Job goes back to around 1900 B.C. Job was written over 400 years before Genesis and is the sole drama in the Bible. And on a personal note, Job is the toughest book for me to read, but you’ll have to read it to find out why.
One True Interpretation for Each Bible Passage
The MacArthur Study Bible teaches that while there can be many applications for each passage of Scripture, there can be only one true meaning.
Another important tip to keep in mind when studying Scripture is to realize that much of what’s covered in the Bible is covered in multiple books within the Bible.
Scripture interprets Scripture.
The true meaning of each passage can only be determined at the crossroads of where all the the passages agree with each other on any given topic. This is because Scripture is the infallible Word of God. All of it, down to the smallest symbol is inspired by God.
This means that the truths from Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jesus all have to jive with each other concerning end times prophecy. One passage cannot make a liar out of another passage. That’s the outer perimeter of Bible study IMO.
Do you disagree? If so, please tell my your answer to what is the Bible in the comments below.