GOD’S LIVING WORD
“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”. 2 PETER 1:20-21
If we are ever going to receive the maximum blessing that the Bible contains, we must first settle its divine authorship, which is the focus of our text today. Until we subscribe to its inerrancy we do not put our trust in it. There are several reasons that can be put forward to prove divine authorship of the Bible; but only a couple of those are permissible here because of space. Firstly, the standard of the Bible is so high that no human being could have put that together. It puts a number of responsibilities on us that our human nature detests. Women are asked to submit to their husbands; citizens to pay taxes and submit to authorities; we are to pray for our enemies and never repay evil with evil. Certainly these are not the type of standards that human beings like to set for themselves.
Apart from the predictive prophecies that have been fulfilled, perhaps the next most important prove of divine authorship of the Bible is lives of men that have been transformed by its precepts. No one has ever read the Bible with open mind, adhered to its teachings and remained the same. It is the Book that has made missionaries of former rapists and drug addicts. Philanderers have been turned to faithful husbands. When we allow the Holy Spirit to drive into us its precepts, we are transformed.
FURTHER STUDY: PSALM 19:7-11
PRAYER: Lord, open to me the mysteries of Your word.