Bible Knights

The Romans 15:4 Project

The Sword!
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

The Bible

It is the Word of God. It is infallible, inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient. It is the source and the norm of Christian theology.

How do we know we can trust our bibles? Since the Bible is the source and norm of our faith, this is where I would like to start. In my opinion, more churches need to teach bible apologetics. When you are confronted by a skeptic, which I used to be, that continues to ask why and all you can say is because the bible tells me so, you’ve failed. You have to be able to explain why you trust the Bible to be the Word of God.

The first approach I like to take is the transparency of modern translations. Pick up any good translation and it will be written or endorsed by a body of people, not an individual or small party of people that may have an agenda. It will also be well footnoted to the original source manuscripts. This is accomplished through textual criticism. Cottrell describes textual criticism as “a careful and painstaking comparative study of all available copies and translations” (21). Brannon S. Howse says, “We know the Bible has withstood thousands of years of scrutiny. The Bible has withstood the hatred and attacks of skeptics and critics to be proven the most trustworthy document ever written” (Howse). Next, the internal evidence is self evident. Howse again declares, “Despite being penned by more than 40 authors from over 19 different walks of life over some 1,600 years, the Bible is a consistent revelation from the beginning to the end.” This is similarly described by Cottrell as “unity of its content” (27). (My favorite translations: HCSB, ESV, NIV)

And to conclude, the actions of the eye witnesses and early church martyrs can leave no doubt. The apostles gave up everything to tell of what they had seen. Think about how your life would change if you saw someone raise from the dead today! They knew it was true. They saw with their own eyes. So, they lived meager lives by the worlds standard, they spent time in chains and in prison, and most of them were gruesomely killed because they would not, could not deny that they had seen Jesus after His death. No one would act in this manner unless what they were confessing was true.

The Christian Bible, it is important to remember, was assembled over four centuries of the most painstaking study, open debate, discussion, and research. . . By the time the New Testament canon - the official compilation of books - was accepted by all Christians, the Christian Bible was the most studiously examined proclamation of faith ever compiled. . . Neither persecution nor so-called enlightened skeptics have shaken confidence in it. This is why thousands have been willing to lay down their lives for the Bible, from the Scillitan martyrs to the persecuted Church today. All true Christians affirm that God has spoken; that the Bible is the Word of God. - Chuck Colson, The Faith

Thus establishing the validity of our bible, we can begin to discuss the ramifications. The Bible, being true, inerrant, and infallible, is the Word of God.

The Bible is God’s revelation to us. It is His way of describing himself and his plan to us. It reveals God’s character and nature. We can know God. He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. In most cases God used individuals to relay the message, but the message is for all. Grenz, Guretzki, and Nordling define revelation as, “Revelation, refers both to the process by which God discloses the divine nature and the mystery of the divine will and purpose to human beings, and to the corpus of truth disclosed” (102). Cottrell says of the Bible, “It is based on revelation; it reports revelation; at least in part it IS revelation from the very mind of God to our minds” (15).

The Bible, as it has been relayed to us, is inspired. The writers were not God, but they were under the influence of God. I will not even attempt to guess exactly how. Did God take over their minds? Was God dictating to them? I don’t know. But I doubt it. Cottrell says, “God is exerting a power or an influence upon that person in a way that guarantees that what he says will be what God wants him to say” (16). This act of inspiration is attributed to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is readily understood as God’s helper for us in understanding scripture. In John 16:14 Jesus says, “[The Holy Spirit] will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you” (HCSB). By this I think the Holy Spirit is the interpreter or translator between Jesus and the Father, and us. But more importantly, Cottrell describes how the Word of God is not our inspiration, but God’s. In more accurately describing the translation of 2 Timothy 3:16 as “the Bible is ‘God-breathed’ or breathed out by God” [emphasis added], he has confirmed that the Bible is God’s words, His very breath (18).

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God’s breath. When we come to that realization, we can no longer live without the influence of the Bible. The very words must be allowed to transform our lives. We must conform to it, rather than trying to make it conform to our desires. The Bible, the Word of God, it is eternal, it is unchanging, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

It is always best to drink at the well and not from the tank. You shall find that reading the Word of God for yourselves, reading it rather than notes upon it, is the surest way of growing in grace. Drink of the unadulterated milk of the Word of God, and not of the skim milk, or the milk and water of man's word." ("How to Read the Bible" a sermon by C. H. Spurgeon)

Works Cited:

Cottrell, Jack. Essentials of Christian Faith. Ed. Steve Burris. Joplin, Missouri: College Press Publishing Company, 1992.

Grenz, Stanley J., David Guretzki, and Cherith Fee Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Downers Grove, Il.: InterVarsity Press: 1999.

Howse, Brannon S. “Understanding the Importance of Truth” Worldview Weekend Online Institute:

The Romans 15:4 Project Bible Knights!
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)