“Risikili” – Part 4 – Can you trust your Bible?
We continue with RiSiKiLi−
You know-- Read it, study it, know it, live it.
In my last post we looked at ways to know God’s plan and the importance of verifying that the plan lines up with God’s written word, the Bible. Now let’s look at some reasons why we can trust the Word of God.
I appreciate the words of Bible scholar and pastor Jack Hayford, extolling the truth and value of the Scriptures. He said:
“God’s Word has been unscrolled in both the Scriptures and in His incarnate Son− Jesus Christ. Jesus, in describing the importance of the eternal Scriptures said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4). He also commended the steadfast inquiry into the Word of God: ‘Search the Scriptures … they … testify of Me.’ There is no such thing as health or growth in Christian living apart from a clear priority on the place of the Bible in the life of the individual or the group.
The Scriptures are the conclusive standard for our faith, morals, and practical living and are the nourishment for our rising to strength in faith, holiness in living, and effectiveness in service. The Holy Spirit who comes to fill us is the same Person who has given us the Book to guide and sustain us. The writer of this study has demonstrated the balance the Bible brings to living in his life, in his teaching ministry, and in his leadership.”*
Here are the first five of fourteen attributes of the Bible, given by Pastor Hayford:
“THE SOURCE AND NATURE OF GOD’S WORD”
1. The Divine Inspiration of the Bible
The Bible is ‘God-breathed’ and the words planned by God’s creative design.*
2 Tim. 3:16 > “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
2. The Complete Trustworthiness of the Bible
The Word of God is ‘perfect’ in its accuracy and ‘sure’ in its dependability.* Ps. 19:7 > “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;”
3. The Content of God’s Word is Complete
The Bible is complete, completely trustworthy, and sufficient to completely answer anything we need to know about eternal salvation or practical wisdom concerning relationships, morality, character, and conduct.*
Prov. 30:5-6 > “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
4. Jesus and the Holy Scriptures
Jesus confirms that every word of Scripture is given by God, every truth is to be held inviolable, that the Scriptures are indissoluble and credible.*
Luke 16:17 > And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.
5. The Way God’s Word Is to Be
The Word of God is to be ministered literally and life-givingly in the Spirit of Truth and Spirit of Life.*
2 Cor. 3:5-8 > “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?”
So according to Pastor Hayford, God’s Word is divinely inspired, totally trustworthy, complete, confirmed by Jesus Himself, and is to be ministered literally. Let’s meditate on these truths and their accompanying passages.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope it strengthens your own admiration and love for the Word of God. In my next post I plan to give the rest of Pastor Hayford’s fourteen Bible adulations.
*Spirit Filled Life Bible, Kingdom Dynamics, Thomas Nelson, Page xii