There is no other book that compares with the Book of Books. Known around the world as the Bible, it was written during a span of about 1,600 years by over forty different authors. The word “Bible” comes from the Greek word biblos. Strong’s Concordance defines biblos as a written book, roll, or volume that sometimes is sacred in nature. If in fact, the claims the Bible makes about itself are true, then it is indeed sacred even though its actual writing was accomplished through the pen of human authors!
The Scripture verses listed below make some pretty incredible claims. They provide a line of evidence that supports the Bible’s own claim to be the Word of God. This line of proof is known as internal evidence.
All of the forty plus authors of the Old and New Testaments understood their work to have been superintended via God Himself. Many promises and prophecies concerning the person known throughout the world as Jesus was written by the Old Testament’s authors. In Matthew 5:17-18, Yeshua (Jesus) declared that the Word of God (Old Testament) had to be fulfilled in Himself and in the world. This is true because of the very character of God, to do the things He said He would. The writer of Hebrews reported that God spoke directly to the prophets of the Old Testament and also to His own Son in the New Testament.
The Bible itself makes some pretty incredible claims! No one can reject the Bible without rejecting the claims that the Bible makes about itself. One must conclude that either the Bible is the Word of God, or that it is chock full of lies. The Bible does not give its readers any middle ground to stand on. Look up the passages listed here and record what each one has to say about the Bible.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ________________________________________________
Joshua 1:8 ________________________________________________
2 Samuel 22:31 ________________________________________________
Psalm 1:2 ________________________________________________
Psalm 12:6 ________________________________________________
Psalm 119:9 ________________________________________________
Proverbs 30:5-6 ________________________________________________
Isaiah 55:10-11 ________________________________________________
Jeremiah 15:16 ________________________________________________
Daniel 10:21 ________________________________________________
Mark 13:31 ________________________________________________
Luke 16:17 ________________________________________________
John 2:22 ________________________________________________
Acts 17:11 ________________________________________________
Romans 10:17 ________________________________________________
2 Timothy 2:15 ________________________________________________
1 Peter 1:23-25 ________________________________________________
Revelation 1:2 ________________________________________________
Revelation 22:18 ________________________________________________
These passages represent just the tip of the iceberg of all the claims that the Bible makes about itself. If you’ll take the time to look up these passages it will be very clear what the Bible itself claims to be!
The Bible’s claim that it is the Word of God is supported by abundant proofs along a second line known as external evidence. This line of evidence has frequently convinced the harshest of the Bible’s critics that it is indeed the Word of God.
Continuity: The sixty-six books of both the Old and New Testaments are not just an anthology of the collected works of a wide variety of different authors. From Genesis to Revelation there is a continuously unrolled progression of thought that can be seen by all who take the time to read it carefully. The Bible’s authors came from many walks of life. They were everyday people that included priests, kings, doctors, fishermen, farmers, and poets.
Progression: The sequence of events contained in the twenty-two historical books of the Bible reveal a divine plan that has always been in the mind of God. In addition to His written Word, God is also the author of the events of history. It is His Story!
Doctrine: The doctrines of the Bible are built on the foundation of its historical narrative. The doctrinal themes include the nature of God, sin and salvation, programs for the entire world, plans for the Jewish people, and His purposes for the Church. Type is followed by anti-type. Prophecy is proven in its fulfillment.
Theme: The most important and continuous theme of the Bible is the anticipation, presentation, realization, and exaltation of Israel’s long awaited Messiah, the Savior of the whole world for those who believe. His name is Yeshua. Most of the world knows Him as Jesus. Like the Bible itself, everyone has an opinion about Jesus. All you have to do is ask someone what they think about Jesus to get a conversation started.
Character: The Bible is a supernatural book. The Bible alone comes straight from the mind of God. A simple cursory reading reveals that this is no ordinary book. It could not have been written by any single man or group of men.
Perfection: Not once does the Bible contradict itself. Supposed contradictions vanish with the additional information that the Bible itself presents. The “holy” books of every religion in the world have come from the imagination of men, fueled by the rebellion of Satan himself. They are filled with contradictions. The Bible is clearly different. It alone comes from the mind of God.
Ask almost anyone anywhere, “Do you have any thoughts or opinions about the Bible? ” and you will likely get a response. Comments will be positive, negative, or ambivalent, yet almost everyone has an opinion they would like to share about the Bible.
Now that you have read this article and looked up the verses above, ask some people what they think about the Bible. Come back to this page and share what you discover with our other readers.
P.S. – Recently I became part of a collaboration on Facebook. Five different ministries have created a page under the name of Holystic. If you have some time, drop by and check it out.