The New Testament Church Looks to the Bible

2 Peter 1:20-21

The Christian faith is only as certain as the Bible is trustworthy. If the Bible isn’t true, then people who call themselves Christians would have no truth to stand on—their faith would be worthless. Christians believe that the Bible was written by God through men.

Is your faith based on truth? How can you know for sure?
Even when the biblical writers state clearly that God was directing them, the words they write reflect their unique personality and place in history. When Jesus spoke about “the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44), listeners in His day knew what He meant—all of the Hebrew Scriptures. Today those books are known as the Old Testament. Jesus would have known about them because the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, was written about 400 years before He was born.
What Jesus had to say about the Bible is very important because He is the all-knowing God of truth. 

The Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, the Lord Almighty who came to earth in human form. When Jesus quoted from the Hebrew Scriptures, He validated their truth and verified their accuracy. He also looked ahead to the truthful recording of the New Testament.


Some people today have one basic belief about the Bible—that it should not be believed! But it didn’t used to be that way. Prior to the late twentieth century, virtually all people who claimed to be Christians had understood Scripture to be inspired and preserved—in other words, sacred. They believed God had given us His Word and that these Scriptures were to be followed. The Bible is supposed to judge us, but some people would like to judge the Bible instead.But the Bible is trustworthy, and that trustworthiness begins with the core truth of inspiration:

The Bible was written by God through men.
It has been preserved and is indestructible.
There is unity in the Bible.
The Bible is supported by archaeology.
The Bible has fulfilled prophecy.

If the Bible is God’s Word and what it says was true when it was written, it is still true today and will be true tomorrow and forever. In the most crucial issues of life—I’m talking about subjects like God, human nature, right and wrong, sin, forgiveness, death, and eternity—you can’t afford to guess what is true. Your life, now and in eternity, depends on whether or not what you believe is, in fact, true.

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