This I Believe - The Authority of God’s Word

Most statements of faith contain something regarding the Word of God. Even within Christendom, views varied on the Bible from mostly true to completely true.

I believe in the inerrant Word of God, that is, the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is completely reliable, trustworthy and truthful. It is authoritative in all matters of life and works.

Jesus prayed, John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” The word truth indicates a lack of error. If the Bible had errors, it would not represent the truth.

The Psalmist wrote, “The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” Psalm 119:160. This means that God’s Word has no shelf life; it was true, is true and will always be true.

Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” This tells us that the Word of God is not just for reading, but it does a work in us.

Some people believe that the Bible is without error in matters of faith and works only. This position accepts the possibility of error in matters such as science. Hence, a person can believe in evolution without doing violence to Scripture.

I believe that God isn’t just usually right, but He is always correct. Therefore, I believe in Creation, not evolution (I also believe in Creation from a scientific viewpoint).

What does the authority of God’s Word mean for us?

It means that we can live our lives according to a completely trustworthy resource. It means our Creator has communicated in a completely reliable manner, the way in which we are to live out our lives in Christ.

As for me, I am glad that the Bible is the Word of God and completely true and without error. What do you believe?

Something to think about…