How do we know who God is and what he is like? Some speculate about His nature through religion or philosophy, but Christians don’t have to. We have the Bible, which is God speaking to all of us. How did we get the Bible? How can we trust that it is accurate today to its original writings?
Revelation : God’s means by which he has chosen to reveal himself.
Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.
15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)
General revelation is available to all people.
Special revelation goes to an individual, a group, or a certain limited number of people.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
The bible: 66 books include 39 in the Old Testament, 27 in the New Testament.
They’re written over the course of about roughly 1,500 years by roughly 40 authors.
The Old Testament is all foreshadowing the coming of Jesus, its prophecies expectations and anticipations of the coming of Jesus.
The New Testament is about the fulfillment of the Old Testament, and the connection between the Old and New Testament is continual.
where it says that “every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
“Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
1 Corinthians 2:13
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
There are not parts of the Bible that we don’t believe.
There are not parts of the Bible that we don’t like.
There’s not parts of the Bible that we won’t teach.
There’s not parts of the Bible we won’t reference.
We believe that all of Scripture is God-breathed.
Sometimes what Paul says is hard to understand not because what he is saying is unclear but because we are unreceptive.
Mark Twain said, “It’s not the parts of the Bible that I read and don’t understand which bother me, it’s the parts of the Bible which I do read and do understand which bother me.”
Sometimes it may not be so much a problem with the Bible, as it is with us, who are imperfect, and not that the Bible is unclear, but perhaps we are unwilling.
That’s a biblical life. It’s not coming to the Bible just for information, but transformation…Not just to learn more facts, but to be a totally new person to go and live a totally new life with, for, by, like, through, to Jesus.