Who Wrote It?

pursuit_banner_believeLet me ask you some questions: Is the Bible just a book about God or is the Bible a book from God? Did the men who wrote Scripture write it out of their own evolving, but limited understanding of God? Or were they uniquely chosen, equipped and inspired to write a perfect, inerrant revelation from God? Did the Bible come by way of evolution or revelation? Our answer to that inquiry is the difference between having 20/20 vision or total blindness in this life. Our response either leads us down the road of lies and ruin or to the holy highway of a fruitful and purposeful relationship with our Creator.

Well, what say you?

Better yet, what does the Bible say?

The Bible says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” [1] and the prophetic scriptures “…never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” [2] In addition, the Bible says the writers spoke “…not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” [3]

The book “Theology for Today” explains that the inspiration of Scripture “…is the guidance or influence of the Holy Spirit on the human writers…so that God controlled them in such a way that what they wrote was just what God wanted them to write without error.” This inspiration was supernatural, and, therefore, the accuracy and endurance of the Scriptures is guaranteed. Jesus Christ confirms this when He declares: “Heaven and earth shall pass away but My words will by no means pass away.” [4]

God spoke through the Apostle Paul concerning the origin of the Gospel message itself: “But I make known to you, brethren that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” [5] The Apostle Peter adds “…the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” [6]

Again “Theology for Today” states: “God communicated His revelation to the world in an accurate and reliable Book. Every word was written by the moving of the Holy Spirit of God, yet every word (was) chosen and expressed through the personality of the human author. Since God has given us a message, it is only natural to expect that He will guarantee the accuracy of His message.”

God is the Author of Scripture, folks, and His word has complete authority over our lives. And right there is the rub – especially, surprisingly, distressingly, for a whole lot of people who profess to be Christians. The Church is polluted from pulpit to pew with people who reject God’s authorship of the Bible, and therefore its ultimate authority. For example, Paul wrote the book of Romans, and if we don’t agree with what Paul wrote in the book of Romans, so be it, Paul is wrong and we are right. An elder in our former church, when confronted with the truth from a Pauline epistle said, “Oh well, that’s Paul writing that, and you know how Paul is?” Yeah, and now you know one reason that is our “former” church! We are not to mold and shape and change God’s word. God’s word is to mold and shape and change us.

A Christian will always bring the issues of life and culture to the Scriptures and see if the issues and culture line up. If they do not line up, a Christian will always stand on the authority of God’s Word. More so than ever, that is where the line in the sand is being drawn in our day in the Church. Those on the other side of the line, without fail, take the Scriptures to the culture and its current view on the issues of life to see if the Scriptures line up. If the Scriptures do not line up, they stand with the culture and our “what is-happening-now-world”.

Where do you stand? Which side of the line are you on?

1] II Timothy 3:16-17 2] II Peter 1:20-21 3] I Corinthians 2:13 4] Mark 13:31 5] Galatians 1:11-12 6] I Peter 1:25 (All NKJV)

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