The Bible is the Word of God.

Shocking, I know.

Some people who definitely should believe that don’t.

Also shocking, I know.

Why do I say that?

I was somewhat annoyed recently when I ran across a blogger who was trying to sound deep by saying “the Word of God is Jesus, not the Bible” (referencing John 1), and commenting how he loves saying that because it “makes people think” .  Apparently almost nobody he talks to (i.e. high school kids who have youth pastors that don’t teach them anything) thinks about things like that.

Well, it does make me think.

It makes me think about how in John 10:34-35, Jesus himself parallels the law, the scripture and the word of God.

It makes me think about how in Luke 8:4-15, Jesus tells the parable of the seeds and says that the seed is the “word of God”.  I then think that I don’t have a clue how that parable makes sense if Jesus, and only Jesus, is the word of God.

It makes me think about Matthew 15:6 where Jesus himself refers to the Torah as the “word of God”, in contradistinction to the oral law (Talmudic law) of the Pharisees.

It makes me think about how in Acts 6:2, the apostles said “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables” (ESV).  The Greek literally reads “It is not reasonable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables”.  I then wonder if the apostles suggesting that those who served tables would have to abandon Jesus?

It makes me think of all the other passages spoken by Christ where he cites and refers to the Hebrew Scriptures as the “word of God”.

It makes me think of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which states that all the writings (NT shorthand for the scriptures) are theopneustos, meaning “God-breathed”.  Paul invents a word to communicate the idea that the Bible comes from the mouth of God in the same way as breath comes from the mouth.  One cannot speak words without breath (and forget trying to play the “sign language” card or something silly).

It makes me think of 2 Peter 1:21, where men who were moved by the Holy Spirit (the prophets) spoke from God.  God is the source of their inscripturated words.

It makes me think of Acts 3:18 where God speaks through the mouth of his prophets; they spoke his words and recorded the words, from his mouth, as scripture.

It makes me think of Psalm 19:7 where the law of the Lord is also called the testimony of the Lord; the written book of the law is synonymous with the verbal testimony of God.

It makes me think of Acts 1:16 where Peter says “…the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David…”

It makes me think of Acts 28:25 where Paul says “…The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet…” and then in Acts 28:26-27 quotes Isaiah 6:9-10.

It makes me think of Romans 9:17, where Paul says “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh…” and quotes Exodus 9:16, in which Yahweh himself is speaking.

It makes me think of a 103 year old refutation of this idea that a smart fellow should be familiar with if he’s an evangelical who’s somewhat well read on the subject to which he speaks.

It makes me think that the blogger needs to spend time with better thinkers.

I tend to steer clear of people who pride themselves on how they “make people think” (but if he ever wants to spend time together, I’d make an exception); it’s usually best to not think about what some people think “makes people think” lest you get annoyed and write a blog post like this one.

Not this one per say, but one like this one.

Sorta makes you think.

Now, repent of those thoughts.  Yeah, you.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “The Armchair Thinker-Maker” Unger

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6 thoughts on “The Bible is the Word of God.

  1. wow, that really makes me think….
    that it’s way easier to give guys like that credit and buy what they’re selling if you just don’t think at all (or read your Bible as the case may be)

  2. I was surprised I had not written a reply to this blog. Right in Genesis, God states Christ created the world. I’m very concerned the indications are a person involved in serious theology would write or think “the word of God is Jesus, not the Bible”. To me, it indicates a serious issue regarding the meaning of the Trinity itself. To me, the Bible is the Word of God and states so as well within the text. I once studied Apologetics for awhile, until I recognized it was merely opinions dependent upon the belief system of the writers. Ended-up thinking overall I’d be better off reading the Word itself. There are certain very famous Pastors who teach in-error even I can see, as a layperson. I need to return to serious study of the Bible, because the Old Testament and New Testament intertwine and fit together like a tightly woven tapestry, to an astonishing degree. I heard a quote once I enjoy very much: “Faith is Taking God at His Word”. His Word is the Bible. I am not ”religious” per se and neither was Christ Himself. The Bible, to me, cannot be replaced with dogmatic law, as a certain world-wide denomination is known for where ”The One True Church” interprets Scripture and then tells their masses what to believe, instead of teaching FROM the Word. There is a section in the King James Authorized version where Christ Himself states His mother should not be revered, for example. The Word has never failed me when I commit to study. It is as if God gave us a precious Instruction Manual for Christ. I esp. love the “Know the Truth and the Truth will set you Free”, it might hurt a bit yet is very valuable to ask Him for the Truth about yourself and others.
    Sorry to have ”gone on” on so long. These days I often recall how any harm we cause contributed to His pain on The Cross. That, in-and-of-itself, is something that gives me pause. Also, how misunderstood the boundaries of life are when compared to The Bible. This is enough. Selah. Thanks.

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