God Spoke

On a scale of 0 to 100 measuring people’s confidence in the Bible are people on both ends and all points in between. The following is offered with the hope it will give cause for confidence in it.

Second Peter 1: 16 – 21 is the most definitive passage of Scripture regarding the origin and authority of the Bible.

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Peter said he was an eyewitness of the Holy Spirit’s descent on Jesus at His baptism.

He then said he heard the voice of God say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

Following saying he was an eye witness and an ear witness he says regarding Scripture “we have the prophetic word confirmed,” meaning we have a more sure word. The prophetic word confirmed is the Bible.

Furthermore it is said, “no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.” The interpretation related to its origin not being their own opinion.

It “never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 

Holy men of God were the penmen, but the Holy Spirit was their source of inspiration. It came from God. This affords confidence that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (II Timothy 3: 16, 17       

To have such confidence and not read and study is like a starving person having a banquet feast and not eating.

When you open the Bible it is as though God is opening His mouth.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2: 15)