Monday, December 28, 2009

How I Know The Bible Is God's Word

God gave every man a test by which to discern what God has inspired:

John 7:16-18 NIV
(16)  Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.
(17)  If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
(18)  He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

Thus, there are two ways to test whether doctrine comes from God:

1) By obeying it.

"If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God...".


Jesus said the will and work of God was for men to believe on Jesus Christ as Savior (John 6:29).  One must believe in Christ, to discern what comes from God (John 6:29; cf. 1 Cor. 2).  The natural man finds the word of God foolish, and thereby exposes the fact he is walking in rebellion against God.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, the obedient believer in Christ knows from experience with the actual condition of doing God's will, that Bible teaching comes from God.  You can know Bible teaching is from God, by obeying it.

2) By seeing how it glorifies God rather than men.

"He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him."

Christianity is the *only* group which has a body of doctrine that presents man as a completely meritless sinner, dependent entirely on the sovereign grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ.  Every false *religion* has man either not being a sinner, or somehow helping to atone for his own sins, or achieve salvation through his own merits or worthiness.

The Bible, through a series of tests from the garden of Eden to the millennial reign of Christ on earth, shows that man - in whatever circumstances and under whatever economy God places him - fails to reflect God's glory in his own strength.  It therefore presents man as an entirely meritless sinner in need of God's gracious and merciful redemption through faith in Christ's atonement. Thus, as it says, let him who boasts, boast in the Lord, and no flesh will glory in God's presence.  I know the Bible is God's word, because it is the only body of teaching that leaves man no room to boast, and gives all glory to God alone.

Believers in Christ don't need the approval of some group of "scholars" to tell them what is or is not God's word.  "Any man" can know whether the doctrine comes from God, by believing in Christ as Savior, and seeing how it glorifies God rather than man.

2 comments:

vera 6 said...

Faithguard,
This article is very convincing. Thank you for pointing all that out. I have learned a lot.
Grace and peace.
JiL2010

Randy said...

Thanks for your comment. Glory to God, and grace and peace to you.

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