My conclusions are obvious, and are borne out by the very Scripture we exonerate:
The Word of God is pure. Psalm 12:6, Psalm 119:40, Proverbs 30:5
The Word of God is true. John 17:17, Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:2
The Word of God is perfect. James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12
The Word of God is our sword. Hebrews 4:12-13
The Word of God is our mirror. James 1:23
The Word of God is our seed. 1 Peter 1:23
The Word of God is our lamp. Psalm 119:10
The Word of God is our fire. Jeremiah 23:29
The Word of God is our hammer. Jeremiah 23:29
These sentiments are not shared with a great number of Bible preachers in our day. Paralleling the deteriorating interpretation of our U.S. Constitution, men have opted for what they might call a “living Bible”, that is, one whose meanings change when culture changes. This, in opposition to the obvious way one interprets any document, of whatever age: By simply reading the sentences and words, and attempting if necessary to discover the intent of the author.
Thus is produced in our generation, accroding to "scholars" a Bible, frankly, with errors. But a Bible with even one error might as well be a Bible with 10,000 errors. For who among us is qualified to determine what is true and what is false in the written Word? Since none are, we choose an inerrant Word from a God Who cannot lie.
We must part company with those who, beginning in the 17th century, shortly after the Reformation was in full flower, began their insipid attacks on the Bible. First they came from the world, then from the world of science, then from within the church. Those who still wanted to hold on to a Biblical revelation but were beginning to buy the attacks against it decided on a middle path, a “new apologetic” which brashly stated that the “essence” of Scripture was correct but the “details” could safely be abandoned. But who was to tell one from the other?
There next came a movement to discover Who this Jesus was, and what He really said. When all the votes were in, it turns out He said precious little. And who was it who decided what He did and what He did not say? Evidently the same group as in the preceding paragraph. The path leads nowhere, this human-based attempt at guessing the Word of God.
We believe all of it. Jesus believed all of it. He quoted from the Old Testament and prophesied the New. We have been given no substantial reason to disbelieve Jesus’ words. So why not just continue believing?
For the preceding study I have used not only the Scriptures and my own history of study and experience, but specifically I have referred to the work of [the late] James Montgomery Boice in his Foundations of the Christian Faith, revised in 1986 and published by Intervarsity Press. Part 2 of that book, "The Word of God", presents a clear picture of the foundational place our Bible has in the Christian faith. I have used Boice's work as somewhat of an outline and a thought-starter for my own, although I have not quoted any passages directly. I use Boice as a guide because of his reputation as a serious Bible scholar and man of God. I am also deeply indebted to Dr. John Macarthur of "Grace to You" for his scholarly work and his consistent defense of the faith for several decades. His Shepherd’s Conference of 2015 convened a host of Bible scholars from around the planet, and some of their thought processes appear in this study also. Some of these men are:
Alistair Begg, James White, Ligon Duncan, Stephen Nichols, R C Sproul, John Macarthur, Ian Hamilton, Miguel Nunez, Mark Dever, Steven Lawson, Greg Beale, Albert Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, Ian Murray, Sinclair Ferguson
And those who wish to investigate further will be well served by reading B B Warfield’s Inspiration and Authority of the Bible , along with F F Bruce’s New Testament Documents, Are They Reliable?
7. External proof of the truth of Scripture. We have alluded to the internal testimony, the authority of the Holy Spirit showing us Jesus through the written Word working on the inner man. But there is an external set of “proofs” for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
6. The question of authority.Who rules the church? We know that Jesus is the Head, and He gives leadership responsibilities to pastors and such. But how do they rule, by what authority? The breathed-out Word of God. The early church continued...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Jesus appeals to the authority of Scripture in John 5, saying that it is they which testified of Him. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me 45 Do not think that I shall...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Matthew 26:51-54 51 And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 52 But Jesus said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
5. The testimony of Jesus. There is no competition between Jesus and His Word for highest authority. The living Word and the written Word are one. It was Jesus the Son as a member of the Godhead from eternity, Who spoke all the Words of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
4. Testimony to New Testament Inspiration God used forty different men over a period of 1,600 years to complete His written work. He used a butler, a scribe, kings, a doctor, a theologian, fishermen, a statesman, a farmer, a tax collector, a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
3. Testimony to Old Testament Inspiration God equated with His Word. Galatians 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
2. Inspiration Jesus is the Fullness of the Word of God, God's communication to us. But the written Word, which is all about Jesus, is also living and authoritative. We often use the Bible to settle theological disputes. It is important to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1. The God Who has revealed Himself. In Nature. Psalm 19. "The heavens declare the glory of God. The firmament shows his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech. Night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language. Their voice is...[ abbreviated | read entire ]