What Is the Bible?
There is a lot of discussion in the church today about what the Bible truly is? Is it a collection of human stories collected to tell a grand story about human history? Is it a collection of human stories designed to tell a story about God? If so, are all of these stories accurate and true or are some of them wrong and misguided? Or, is the Bible an inspired document, written by men but inspired by God so that all of the information presented in the Bible is backed by the true nature of God? I think that we know what Paul thought about this from his writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3. After writing about the proliferation of false teaching and sin in the “last days”, Paul writes about the importance of the man of God following the word of God. Then Paul writes this: 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I don’t think there was any doubt in Paul’s mind as to the inspiration of the Bible. I believe that Paul understood that the Old Testament scriptures and those being written that we call the New Testament, were in fact inspired by God…breathed by God. Yes, men wrote the words but the words the men wrote were guided by God. Man could not possibly have written the prophetic elements that are contained in the Bible…only God could do that. When you think of the question “What is the Bible?” I hope that you don’t think it is simply a collection of meaningful stories. Rather, I hope you believe it is the inspired word of God, full of application and authority in each of our lives.