From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
The Bible is a Book like no other book ever-written. The various claims of the Bible make it what it is – the most powerful, influential, and unique Book known to the world. Today’s Spiritual Moment challenges us to consider three of several claims of the Bible about itself. If these claims are true-and they are, then it deserves our attention and respect.
1. The Bible claims to be from God. This claim makes the Bible more than just an ordinary book. Well over a thousand times, the Bible claims its words are from God. In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, Moses stated at least 9 times, “God said” (Gen. 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, and 29). Also, in the last book of the Bible, John claimed, “These are the true sayings of God” (Rev. 1:9). Throughout the Bible, the writers claim their message was from God: Isaiah (Isa. 1:2), Jeremiah (Jer. 10:1-2), Ezekiel (Ezek. 1:3), Hosea (Hos. 1:1-2), Paul (I Cor. 14:37) and others. The Bible claims that each writer was writing by inspiration and every Scripture written came from God (2 Tim. 3:16). Furthermore, it affirms the Holy Spirit guided them in their writing to prevent them from inserting their individual beliefs and opinions (2 Pet. 1:20-21).
2. The Bible claims to be all-sufficient. The Bible claims to be complete and comprehensive in supplying the world everything needed to know and understand how to please God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Therefore, there’s no need for the opinions and thoughts of men. Before His departure and returned to heaven, Jesus made a promise to send the Holy Spirit to be involved in guiding the writers into “all the truth” (Jo. 16:13). The Bible is a complete work; religiously, we have everything necessary for eternal life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). As a result of the work of the Holy Spirit, we have in the Bible a complete and perfect work (I Cor. 13:10).
3. The Bible claims to be infallible. The Bible claims to be true, reliable, accurate, trustworthy, safe and certified. Paul, in his epistle to the Galatians, guaranteed that his message was not from men but God (Gal. 1:11, KJV). This claim of the Bible caused David to write, “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart” (Psa. 19:7-9).
The Bible is the Word of God. The internal evidence or claims support the statement – the Bible is like no other book written –it’s an extraordinary Book which demands the attention of the world and each of us who constitute the family of FHU. So, let’s make the decision to engage in the FHU Bible Reading Program scheduled to start on August 20, 2014 to increase our knowledge of this exceptional Book.