The Bible - The Word of God?

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"Holy Scripture is the inspired Word of God, the faithful testimony of the Gospel, and the true and accurate revelation of God's revelation to man. Insofar, the Scriptures are infallible and fundamental to the Church in all matters of teaching and life "(2, Tim 3,15-17, 2, Peter 1,20-21, Joh 17,17).

The author of Hebrews says about the way God has spoken over the centuries of human existence: "After God used to speak many times and in many ways to the fathers to the prophets, he spoke to us in this last day through the son "(Hebr 1,1-2).

The Old Testament

The concept of "many and many ways" is important.The written word was not always available, and from time to time God revealed his thoughts to the patriarchs like Abraham, Noah, etc., through wonderful events.1.-Book of Moses revealed many of these God's early encounter with humans. As time progressed, God used various methods to keep man's attention (like the Burning Bush in 2, Moses 3,2), and he sent messengers like Moses, Joshua, Deborah, etc., to give man his word.

It seems that with the development of Scripture, God began to use this medium to keep his message to us for posterity. He inspired prophets and teachers to record what he wanted to tell humanity.

Unlike many of the scriptures of other popular religions, the collection of books known as the "Old Testament", which consists of the scriptures before the birth of Christ, consistently assert that it is the Word of God Jeremiah 1,9; Amos 1,3.6.9; 11 and 13, Micha 1,1, and many other passages point out that the prophets understood their recorded messages as if God Himself were speaking, so "people, driven by the Holy Spirit, spoke in the name of God" (2Pt 1,21). Paul calls the Old Testament the "holy scripture" that is "inspired by God" (2T in 3,15-16).

The new Testament

This concept of inspiration is taken up by the authors of the New Testament. The New Testament is a collection of scriptures that claim authority as scripture primarily through association with those who were recognized as apostles before [Act of] Acts 15. Notice that the Apostle Peter included the letters of Paul written "according to the wisdom given to him" among the "other [sacred] scriptures." (2Pt 3,15-16) After the death of these early apostles, No book was written that was later accepted as part of what we today call the Bible.

The apostles, such as John and Peter, who traveled with Christ recorded for us the high points of Jesus' ministry and teachings (1Joh 1,1-4, Joh 21,24.25). They had "seen their glory for themselves," and "strengthened the prophetic word," and proclaimed to us "the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2Pt 1,16-19) Luke, a doctor and somebody who is also called Historians were collected, collected stories from "eyewitnesses and servants of the word" and wrote an "orderly report" so that we "learn the certainty of the doctrine in which we were taught" (Lk 1,1-4).

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would remind the apostles of the things he said (Joh 14,26). Just as he inspired the authors of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would inspire the apostles to write their books and writings for us, and he would guide them into all truth (Joh 15,26, 16,13). The Holy Scripture is a faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Holy Scripture is the inspired word of God

Therefore, the biblical claim that Scripture is the inspired word of God is a truthful and accurate record of God's revelation to humanity. She speaks with God's authority. We can see that the Bible is divided into two parts: the Old Testament, which, as the Hebrews say, shows what God spoke through the prophets; and also the New Testament revealing, in reference to Hebrew 1,1-2, what God has spoken to us through the Son (through the apostolic writings). Therefore, according to the words of the Scriptures, the members of God's household are "built on the ground of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Himself as the cornerstone" (Eph 2,19-20).

What is the value of Scripture for the believer?

Holy Scripture leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Both the Old and New Testaments describe the value of Scripture to the believer. "Your word is my lamp's light and a light in my path," proclaims the psalmist (Ps 119,105), but which way does the word refer us? Paul takes this up as he writes to the evangelist Timothy in 2 Timothy 3,15 (reproduced in three different Bible translations) says:

  • "... know the scripture that can teach you salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (Luther 1984).
  • "... know the scriptures that can make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (Schlachter translation).
  • "Besides, you have been familiar with Holy Scripture since early childhood. It shows you the only way to salvation, the faith in Jesus Christ "(Hope for all).

This key passage emphasizes that Scripture leads us to salvation through faith in Christ. Jesus Himself declared that the Holy Scripture testified of Him. He said, "That all that is written of me must be fulfilled in the law of Moses, in the prophets and in the psalms (Lk 24,44). These scriptures referred to Christ as the Messiah. In the same chapter, Luke records that Jesus met two disciples when they were on a trek to a village called Emmaus, and "that he began with Moses and all the prophets and interpreted to them what was said of him in all Scripture" (Lk 24,27).

In another passage, when he was persecuted by the Jews, who thought that observing the law was the way to eternal life, he corrected them with the words, "You seek in Scripture, for you think you have that eternal life in it; and it is she who testifies of me; but you do not want to come to me, that you have the life "(Joh 5,39-40).

Scripture sanctifies and equips us too

The Holy Scripture leads us to salvation in Christ, and through the work of the Holy Spirit we are sanctified by the Scriptures (John 17,17). Life after the truth of Scripture singles us out.
Paul explains in 2. Timothy 3,16-17 next:

"For all Scripture, given by God, is good for doctrine, for correction, for improvement, for education in righteousness, that the man of God is perfect, sent to all good work."

Scripture, which refers us to Christ for salvation, also teaches us about the teachings of Christ so that we can grow in His image. 2. John 9 declares, "Whoever goes beyond and does not remain in the teaching of Christ, God has not," and Paul insists that we agree with the "salutary words" of Jesus Christ (1T in 6,3). Jesus affirmed that believers who obey his words are like people who build their house on a rock (Mt 7,24).

Therefore Scripture not only wisely makes us salvation, but leads the believer to spiritual maturity and equips him / her for the work of the Gospel. The Bible makes no empty promises in all these things. The Scriptures are infallible and the foundation of the Church in all matters of doctrine and divine life.

The study of the Bible - a Christian discipline

The study of the Bible is a basic Christian discipline well represented in the New Testament accounts. The righteous Bereans willingly "took up the word and daily researched in scripture whether it was so" in order to validate their faith in Christ (Acts 17,11) The Queen Kandake's chamberlain of Ethiopia read the book of Isaiah as Philip told him Jesus (Apg 8,26-39) Timothy, who knew the Scriptures through the faith of his mother and grandmother from childhood (2T in 1,5; 3,15), was reminded by Paul to hand out the word of truth (2T in 2,15), and " to preach the word "(2T in 4,2).

Titus' letter implies that every Elder "follows the Word of truth that is certain." (Tit 1,9) Paul reminds the Romans that "through patience and the comfort of Scripture, we have hope" (Rom 15,4).

The Bible also warns us to rely on our own interpretation of biblical passages (2Pt 1,20), to twist the scriptures to our own damnation (2Pt 3,16), and to engage in debates and struggles over the meaning of words and gender registers deal with (Tit 3,9; 2T in 2,14.23). The word of God is not bound by our preconceived notions and manipulations (2T in 2,9), it is rather "living and vigorous" and "is a judge of the thoughts and senses of the heart" (Hebr 4,12).

conclusion

The Bible is relevant to the Christian because. , ,

  • she is the inspired Word of God.
  • it leads believers to salvation through faith in Christ.
  • it sanctifies the faithful through the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • it leads the believers to spiritual maturity.
  • they prepare the faithful for the work of the gospel.

James Henderson