Article - The Bible Inspired by God
The Bible claims that it is inspired (literally, “God-breathed,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17). In a letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul thanked God that these brethren had received “the word” of his message, not as “the word of men,” but rather, “as it is in truth, the word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). The inspired New Testament prophets and apostles were invaluable in the determination of truth (Acts 15:1-29, see verse 28). Spiritual gifts such as the “discerning of spirits” were given to protect the early Christians from error until the New Testament was fully written and made available (1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:29). The Holy Spirit’s mission was to bring to the apostles’ remembrance ALL things Jesus said to them and to guide them into ALL truth (John 14:26; 16:13). God's revelation to man was completed with the book of Revelation (Revelation 22:18-19). Therefore, the faith has been once for all time delivered to the saints, leaving no room for any additional revelations (Jude 1:3). God has provided all matters pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We have not received the “word of men” or “cunningly devised fables” but “as it is in truth, the word of God” (1 Peter 1:16). Jesus says in John 8:32 that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. People have looked for years to try to find one mistake; but there are no mistakes in the Bible! Therefore, when we study the word of God, we can be confident that it is the very utterances of God (1 Peter 4:11).
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