Is the Bible trustworthy in everything that it says? To what extend is the Scripture an authoritative source?
The Importance of Every Word Is Stressed
The Bible testifies to the importance of every word that is found in Scripture. Sometimes an important truth hinges on the particular use of a certain word or group of words. For example, the Apostle Paul argued from the use of a word in the singular rather than in the plural.
“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.”
The Old Testament prophecy used the singular in referring to one person – Christ.
All Parts of Scripture Are Authoritative
The Scripture teaches that its authority extends to all parts.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
All Scripture is authoritative – not just some of it.
The Old Testament Was Written for Our Instruction
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Paul says the former writings, the Old Testament, were written for our instruction. He does not exclude anything from the Old Testament but rather includes everything. There is no distinction between some parts of Scripture that are true and others that are not. All of the writings are assumed to be true.
All Scripture Is Profitable
Everything that comes from God is profitable. Scripture has the same authority as the sermons of the prophets – every part of Scripture is of divine origin. Sermons are spoke revelation while Scriptures are written revelation. The truth of all statements historical or theological are assumed by writers of Scripture without any question or discussion.
The Authority of the Prophets Is Stressed
Simon Peter spoke of the authority of the Old Testament prophets, Jesus, and the apostles.
“Be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior”
In this context “prophets” would probably be referring to the Old Testament prophets.
The Divine Authority of All Of Scripture Is Only Recently Questioned
It should also be noted that questioning the truth of the divine authority of the Bible is something that is relatively recent in the history of the church. It was only during the last half of the nineteenth century that this subject began to be debated in the church. Before that time there was the united belief that the Bible was the result of God’s Spirit leading the human authors to correctly write down the things that God wanted revealed.
The Scripture is completely and fully the Word of God. Not only is this the direct teaching on the subject, it is also the way the Scriptures are used. For example, the Apostle Paul’s argument in Galatians 3:16 is based upon the use of singular rather than plural. Therefore from the testimony of Scripture we discover that the Bible is God’s authoritative word to humanity in every place and in every word. Every part and every word should be taken seriously.