For centuries, people have tried to question the inerrancy and trustworthiness of the Bible. In 1949, even my grandfather, Billy Graham, was faced with a crisis of faith as a friend and contemporary tried to convince him that the Bible was out-of-date, inaccurate, and irrelevant.
Ultimately, my grandfather made the decision to embrace the Bible as God’s Word, by faith. Eternity was changed for millions because my grandfather chose to trust the scriptures rather than follow the winding path of fallen man.
Even in the early church, Paul felt the need to explain the divine nature of the Bible.
When Paul writes the second letter to Timothy, he knows that his time is nearing its end. This motivates Paul to begin “passing the mantle” to Timothy, his spiritual son. Paul wants Timothy to focus on the essentials, particularly on the Word of God.
Of course, his message to Timothy is just as relevant to us today.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work,” Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV).
In these words, we see that the Bible is to be trusted.
- We know that the Bible can be trusted because it has a divine origin not in part, but in whole. Paul says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God…” The Bible is not a book of man’s words or ideas. It is the self-revelation of God, penned by human authors under the control of the Holy Spirit.
- We can trust this divine Book because it is profitable to us in all matters: for doctrine (all that is necessary to know about God, heaven, and salvation), for reproof and correction (conviction of sin and restoration as we stumble), and for training in righteousness (Christian discipline and guidance as we walk the path of our faith).
- We see that the Bible can be trusted because it is beneficial to the Body of Christ, the church. It is what develops us into mature Christians as we strive to be more Christ-like. The God-breathed Scripture is our text-book in life, equipping believers for every possible need.
My friends, our world is a mess, with morality dictated by the entertainment industry and politicians. Society tells us that right is wrong, wrong is right, and truth is dependent upon how you feel in the morning. The fact of the matter is, that we have The Truth as we delve into God’s Word. Trust it, dig deep into it, and grow in Him.