The Bible is an amazing book. There is nothing like it on earth. It was the first book printed by Gutenberg on the printing press, is a perennial best seller and the best selling book in history.
The Bible is the unfolding story of God’s interaction with humanity written by over 40 authors over 1500 years, yet with one main subject—the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Bible is called ‘the Book’ because it claims to contain the words of God given by the Holy Spirit for men to write down (Ps. 18:30; 19:7; 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21). Because the Bible is God’s word, and His character is both perfect and all-knowing, the Bible is both inerrant (contains no errors) and infallible (incapable of error).
This is important because if God is capable of lying then humans wouldn’t know when He was telling the truth and people would be unable to trust or follow Him. So if God cannot tell a lie and is perfect in wisdom and knowledge, then His word is also accurate and without lies or imperfections in the original manuscripts (Num. 23:19). So, even though there may be handwritten, copying erors (none of which affect any doctrine), when comparing the thousands of copies, we can ascertain the probable original reading.
In regards to anyone receiving a revelation from God that adds to anything written by the apostles or their contemporaries, we reject any later ‘revelation’ (such as the Koran or the book of Mormon) as the revelation of Jesus is final and all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3; Jude 1:3).
Because Jesus is the completion of God's salvation plan to save those who were trusting in Israel's God for salvation before Jesus came and to those who would come to believe in Jesus after he died and rose again, we no longer need any further communication from God about salvation or what pleases God. He has revealed everything to us that anyone needs to know to be saved and know God's will for their lives.
This is an exciting and comforting reality that God is on a mission to save and love humanity and the Bible is His love letter to us! Everyone should bask in the goodness of God through the reading of His letter everyday as they grow to appreciate and worship the One who not only planned but completed His saving work for us!
Posted on Thu, August 15, 2013
by Jim Jackson