On Sunday Pastor Boyd spoke about how the enemy deceives us and tries to get us to doubt God’s Word. How do we know that the Bible is trustworthy?
At The District Church, we believe that the Scriptures are the authoritative Word of God and that they are inerrant (without error) and infallible (without the ability to be in error). They reveal to us who Jesus is, God’s plan of redemption, and how to live godly lives.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
-2 Timothy 3:16-17
19And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. -2 Peter 1:19-21
The Scriptures were breathed out by God. Although human authors wrote the words and their own styles of writing remain, the Holy Spirit guided the authors to write God’s words and communicate his message. This perfect and holy God of the universe is ultimately the author of the Scriptures.
God has revealed himself both in natural revelation (Romans 1:18-32) and in special revelation. We can learn some truths about God through natural revelation in creation and our own conscience, specifically his eternal power and divine nature. We need special revelation to learn the way of salvation and how to live according to God’s will. This special revelation includes the words of the prophets, dreams sent by God, and the events of redemptive history (Hebrews 1:1-3). Today when we speak of special revelation, we are talking about the Scriptures.
How did Jesus view the Scriptures? Jesus said that they are the truth (John 17:17), they cannot be broken (John 10:35), they will be fulfilled (Matthew 5:18), and he demonstrates his belief in their authority (Matthew 4:1-11). Do we hold this same view of the Bible?
When we read the Bible, we are reading the very words of God. This is how God reveals himself to us and how the Holy Spirit convicts and teaches us. Think about this the next time you read the Bible- that you are reading God’s revelation to you about who he is, what he has done, and who you are in Christ (2 Timothy 3:14-15). This is no ordinary book, it is living and active.
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
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