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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 19-02-2009
Category: Bible related
Bible series, who wrote?

The question of ‘who wrote the Bible?’ has confused many people. Was it not men like Moses, John, Paul and David? Were they inspired by the Holy Spirit? Was it God Himself talking? We are going to quote verses that will demonstrate conclusively that the Bible was not merely the product of human writers, but that it was inspired by God.

  • In Psalm 2 David wrote: ‘ Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain...’ Yet we read in Acts 4:25 - ‘You (God) spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:...’ This is a good example to help us to understand how the Bible was written: God through the Holy Spirit inspired His servants to write down His words.
  • In Hebrews 1:5, 6,7,10,13 we read that ‘God said’. All these cases were written by human intermediates. They show that God is a speaking God, and He speaks to us.
  • In Hebrews 3:7 we read, ‘So as the Holy Spirit says’ and then a passage from Psalm 95 is quoted. In the psalm the writer is not identified, but when the same passage is quoted again in Hebrews 4:7 it is said that God spoke through David.
  • This is corroborated in Matthew 1:22 - ‘All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:....’

Now for the cherry on the cake: can a book speak? Yes!

  • Listen to what is written in Romans 4:3 - ‘What does the Scripture say?’ Then a 2000 year old quote form Genesis 15:6 follows, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Who declared Abraham righteous, God or Scripture? The fact is that what God says, the Bible, or Scripture says.
  • In Romans 9:17 we read, ‘For the Scriptures say to Pharaoh.’ This refers to God who spoke these words through Moses in Exodus 9:16.
  • Isaiah the prophet wrote down God’s words (Isaiah 28:16), but in Romans 10:11 it is quoted as ‘the Scripture has spoken’.
  • More examples are found in Romans 11:2; Galatians 3:8; 4:30; 1 Timothy 5:18 and James 4:5.

God’s spoken words are the same as the Scriptures. When the Bible speaks, it is God who is speaking. The miracle of this is almost too much to comprehend, that God in His wisdom planned a book that addresses us individually, and yet it is His words. The scary thing is that we will never escape God’s searching eyes on the day of reckoning. He did everything He could to make things easy for us: He saved us from hell by the blood of Jesus, gave us the Holy Spirit to help us, and the Scriptures in many different languages and translations. We will have no excuse if we despise this privilege that God speaks to us individually.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27