part of the what is truth? series

The word Bible is from the Greek and Latin meaning “book” or “books”. The Christian Bible as we know it is made up of two Testaments or Covenants (Old and New) and might also be referred to as the Holy Writ, Holy Scriptures or Word of God.

It is a collection of sixty-six different books, written by at least twenty-eight different men (those books where the author is named) that lived over a period of 1,500 years. Getting twenty-eight different men to write a cohesive story when they never knew each other or even lived during the same period in history is pretty remarkable…some would even say impossible.

Wikipedia records, “The Bible has had a massive influence on literature and history, especially in the Western world, where the Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed using movable type. According to the March 2007 edition of Time, the Bible “has done more to shape literature, history, entertainment, and culture than any book ever written. Its influence on world history is unparalleled, and shows no signs of abating.” With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, it is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time. As of the 2000s, it sells approximately 100 million copies annually.”

With that backdrop, it’s worth considering what the Bible may say about its own source and authority. Does it even claim to be the word of God? Admittedly, there are extra-Biblical aspects to answering this question, but establishing what the Bible even claims to be is an important starting point.

how Scripture answers "Is the Bible the word of God?"

The Bible’s own claim is that it is from and of God1,2. It also claims that all Scripture (Old Testament and New Testament) is inspired and from God1. In fact, Jesus himself was the personification of God’s word – in effect, the “living word.”2

the answer above is based on and footnoted with the following Scripture Blocks
1

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

All Scripture is from God (e.g. holy, inspired) and necessary for teaching, for rebuke, for correction and training in righteousness so that a man of God would be spiritually equipped and ready for any good work.

Paul is writing to the younger Timothy and giving general advice about his work in preaching the Gospel.

How does it inform?

Scripture – Old and New Testaments – are from God.

Does it apply? Yes

2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

In the beginning the Word existed with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.
John’s gospel was “written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (20:31) In the introduction, he establishes the authority of the word and later (vs 14) equates the Word to Jesus himself who “became flesh.”
How does it inform?

It doesn’t directly answer the question, but it does establish the authority of scripture and its source.

Does it apply? Yes

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