“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – 2 Tim. 3:16
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When it comes to the Scriptures – the book that we have as the Bible – we can be confident that the books that compose it are all inspired and belong there. The 66 books that make up the Bible are God-breathed, written by holy men of God.
Not many dispute that the Old Testament canon is made up of inspired books, and the compilation of it was considered so during the time that Jesus lived. The books we have from Genesis to Malachi may have been ordered a bit differently in the Hebrew Bible, but they are all the same.
In 1 Timothy 5:18, Paul quotes Deuteronomy 25:4 and Luke 10:7 and calls them Scriptures. We see in Daniel 9:10-11 that the Law of Moses and the law spoken and set by the prophets are the word of God. Sometimes the word law is used to indicate Psalms (Jn. 10:34-35). Jesus quoted Psalm 82:6 and then said that the Scripture cannot be broken in reference to it.
Jesus also said, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me” (Jn. 5:39). Scripture is that which gives testimony of Jesus. We see Christ throughout the books of prophecy, poetry, and history in the Bible. Remember after He rose from the dead and was on the road to Emmaus with two of His disciples. “Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded to them the things concerning Himself” (Lk. 24:27).
Lastly, Peter calls Paul’s writing Scripture (2 Pt. 3:15-16). And we know that Paul wrote nearly half of the books of the New Testament. The Scriptures are all in harmony with one another and attest to each other.
Some people argue that the Catholic church gave us the Bible – what we know as the canon, 66 books. Yet, as some scholars have noted, that’s akin to saying that Isaac Newton gave us gravity. It was God who gave us the Bible – just like He gave us gravity. The councils who came together about it merely asked the right questions to know what was Scripture or not.
We can have an assurance that the Bible which we have is from the mouth of God and it’s what He intended for us to have – not man. We can also have assurance in the saving blood of Jesus Christ – of which those same Scriptures testify.
Jesus died to save us all from sin. We can live a life without blatant and rebellious sin. Christ will save us if we obey Him. All it takes is submission to Him in belief, in confession, in repentance, in baptism, and in faithful living for Him. Won’t you submit to Christ and be saved today?
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
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