The Word of God - infallible and precise?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
The Bible demonstrates in many ways that it was not written merely by men. It is a pre-planned document inspired by the Holy Spirit. That is why it took 1,500 years to complete and why about 40 people from different times and backgrounds were used to do the writing. It was not the work of men but of God. Below are a few examples which show its divine inspiration:
1. One very important place is the biggest court case of all time (Revelation 20:11-12) where the dead will be judged. ‘We will all stand before God’s judgment seat’ (Romans 14:10b). God is holy and His judgement will be absolutely fair to all people. Why would a solely human author call all people to repent, because they have to give account of their lives to an Almighty God?
2. Let us consider the case of repentance. It is the act by which a person stops organizing his own life. He turns to God and asks God to take over his life and his plans. This vital act changes a person’s history for ever. Does God invite people to repent? If it is only an invitation, no one can be held responsible for declining it and God would not be able to judge those who declined the invitation. If however, people are commanded to repent (Matthew 3:2, 4:17; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38, 3:18), it is a different story. The Boss of creation is speaking, ‘He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world by the Man (Jesus) He has appointed’ (Acts 17:30b-31). God, the Owner of the universe, gave a command, and man can reject or accept it. Yet willful disobedience in any human firm, business or concern has negative consequences and it is no different with God. This is where the supernatural inspiration of the Bible is once again seen: who told the apostles to write specifically that repentance is not an invitation, but a command which should be obeyed?
3. Let us consider if anyone will be able to claim that he cannot be judged, because he did not even know that God existed and had a plan to save him from condemnation. God has spoken through nature (Romans 1:18-21) and conscience (Romans 2:14,15). He also gave his special revelation, the Bible (Acts 20:32). Even if a person never saw a Bible or heard the gospel in his life, nature still loudly and clearly declares the glory of the Creator! (This is why evolution is falsely packaged as science, to prevent people from acknowledging God for the magnificent design and beauty of His creation.) Even if a person did not have a Bible, his conscience is still there to speak to him about good and evil. Will anybody be able to plead ignorance, special circumstances or ask for leniency? If it depended on God and Jesus, it might work, because they are merciful and love people very much (Exodus 34:6-7 & John 3:16). For that reason Jesus said that His words, the Bible, will be the judge: those words are impartial and cannot discriminate or favor (John 12:47-48). This fact that no one will be able to plead ignorance is another proof that the Bible is not from mere men.
4. God systematically keeps records that will influence the verdicts given to people on the judgement day. He clearly states that He will judge men’s secrets on that day, through Jesus (Romans 2:16). There is one thing we sometimes tend to forget, and that is that God’s eyes are all over the world, and He takes notice of everything. In Exodus 32:32-33 Moses pleads with God on behalf of the sinning Israelite nation, and he is so desperate that he asks that his name be blotted out of God’s book if God is not willing to forgive the sinners. God’s curt reply is that the names of those who sinned against Him He will blot out of His book. The record books God keeps are: the book of remembrance with the names of those who feared the Lord and honoured His Name (Malachi 3:16); the book of life (‘If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire’ Philippians 4:3, and Revelation 3:5,13:8, 20:15); and the books that will be opened during the court case (Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 20:12). Knowledge of these records could only have been revealed to the authors by God, the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is meticulously designed so that all people will be treated fairly, and nobody will be able to slip past unnoticed. We feel indignant when a murderer is declared innocent on some technical point or because of a superior defense. God knows that, and it will never happen in His kingdom. The Bible is the written Word of God, and Jesus is the living Word of God. Both were sent by God to accomplish salvation (John 3:16; James 1:18). Those who rejected salvation, will face both of them on that terrible day (John 5:27; 12:48) of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:42, 50). Yet not the saved or the unsaved will feel cheated. Every person will receive fair treatment because the Bible is the Word of God, which is infallible and precise.