~ We Live In A Binary Population ~
This is the first of a series of weekly posts about The Holy Bible, the Written Word of God.
Two Kinds of People ~ As we begin our look at the Word of God it is important to recognize that there are two kinds of people on earth. It is a binary situation—one or the other—with no third choice. Many individuals throughout history believe the Bible is the Word of God and therefore seek to read, understand, and apply it to their lives. There are many others who do not believe that the Bible is truly God’s written Word to mankind.
This series of posts will seek to provide meaningful information for both types of individuals. For those who believe the Bible is what it says it is, it is my desire to provide confirmation and further insight. For those who are not convinced the Bible is what it claims to be it is my desire that meaningful doubts will arise and that they will hear the Spirit of God speaking to them personally and that He will illuminate their understanding in new and thoughtful ways.
Three Important “I” Words ~ There are three critical concepts to understand if, as believed, the Holy Bible is in fact God’s Word.
Inspiration ~ We believe that the Bible is inspired by God—literally “breathed by God” (from God into the minds of men). “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Inerrant ~ We believe that the Bible is without error (in the original manuscripts). Inerrancy in a simple statement means there are no errors contained in the Bible, the Word of God.
Infallible ~ We believe that the Bible is incapable of error. This is a much stronger term than inerrant. It recognizes that the God who is Truth cannot contain or propagate error and since He is the author of the Bible there cannot be any errors in His writing.
The Written Word of God ~ “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17). note: For a closer look at this verse see “Prophets Provide Profit.” For a look at evidence that the Bible is inspired by God—in fact is God’s Word—see “Internal Evidence of Inspiration” and “External Evidence of Inspiration.”
The Living Word of God ~ “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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