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Illustrations by Paul Agner
We’ve said that the Bible is God’s Word. But how do we know that?
The first, and most important, way is that God tells us He moved men to write the books of the Bible. For example, Moses says that he wrote the words of the Lord (Exodus 24:4).
Prophets including Jeremiah (10:1–2), Isaiah (1:2), Ezekiel (1:3), Jonah (1:1), and Micah (1:1) all claimed to be writing the words of the Lord.
Paul tells us in his letter to Timothy that all Scripture came about by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and that he was writing what had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:3–5).
Peter wrote in his second letter that the men who wrote the Old Testament spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).
When He was on earth, Jesus, who is God, used the Scriptures to explain about Himself to people. He taught from the books of Moses and other Old Testament prophets that all the Scriptures were about Him (Luke 24:27).
Word of God: The Bible claims to be the Word of God over 3,000 times (e.g., John 10:35; Hebrews 4:12). The authors of NT books often begin a quote taken from the OT with the phrase, “God said” (e.g., Matthew 15:4–6). They often begin direct quotes from God in the OT with “Scripture says” (e.g., Romans 11:2; 1 Timothy 5:18). The NT authors believed the “Word of God” was the same as “Scripture.”