A Simple Question, Part III
We are doing a series of blogs about questions that may appear simple on the surface but can be tough to answer. We would love to hear from you. What questions do you have? We will do our best to answer them by going to the one source we use to answer our life questions. The Bible. We certainly don’t have all the answers, but we know the One who does. So send us your questions by clicking on my name or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Next week we’re taking a break from our series with a light-hearted blog, and then we’ll continue to dig! Please join us!
The Word Of God Is Alive
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Minsitries
What does it mean to say the Word of God is alive? And is the Bible a book that is truly God’s Word?
The Bible is a collection of 66 books with more than 40 different authors. It was written over a period of more than 2,000 years with one common theme — the redemption of man through the Messiah, Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, there were more than 300 prophecies about the coming Messiah that were fulfilled by Jesus. More than 300 prophecies! What are the odds?
I know there are those who believe the Bible is just a great book. There are those who believe the Bible is simply an interpretation of events by men who were full of faith. And then there are those who say the Scripture is not made up by man but written by God. What’s the truth? What does the Bible say?
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Amplified Version)
We see in 2 Timothy that every Scripture is not simply an interpretation of events but God-breathed to create an absolutely divine end result. Penned by man; written by God. Let’s face it. We can find loads of books that are interpretations of wonderful faith-filled men and women in the library or bookstore. Although these books may be inspirational and God may have called these authors, none of these books are God-breathed. None of them are the Word of God.
Paul tells us in Galatians 1:11-12 that what he preaches and writes is certainly not his own. “For I want you to know, brethren, that the Gospel which was proclaimed and made known by me is not man's gospel [a human invention, according to or patterned after any human standard]. For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but [it came to me] through a [direct] revelation [given] by Jesus Christ (the Messiah).” (Amplified Version)
What’s even more fascinating is that the ancient writings were copied again and again with tremendous meticulousness, because scribes (scholars who transcribed and edited the Scriptures) understood the Bible was the Word of God. It is clear that the Holy Spirit has had a hand in this transcribing, because when we compare ancient texts (such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient writings), there are no errors in theology. In fact, the texts of the Dead Sea scrolls when compared to our current Hebrew text were identical word-for-word over 95% of the time.
And although God’s Word was written in days long gone, it is still applicable today. It is clearly important to read His Word within the context it was written. Language, customs, etc. all change over time, but God does not. I would encourage you to read a good study Bible that can answer questions you may have of the text.
God’s Word is active and alive. Have you ever really needed to hear from God and spent some time in His Word only to find that your answer is right there? He can speak to us from these ancient Scriptures that are still applicable today. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever.