God’s Reliable Word

A Quaker friend presented me with an interesting challenge. Since the Scriptures say Jesus Himself is the Word of God, how can the Bible be the Word of God?

I firmly believe the Scriptures were penned, compiled and preserved by the Holy Spirit. Yes, flawed men and processes may have been used to bring about the Scriptures as we know them, but I stand by my statement here.

I believe our Scriptures are amazingly empowered by the Holy Spirit for our guidance. It’s the specially preserved Scriptures which tell us of Christ and His works and character in the first place. Without them we’d have nothing but oral stories and traditions, which are easily perverted or lost.

The Scriptures speak to us as if God Himself were present and speaking to us. He won’t give revelations to us today that contradict His works, character, and the writings which enlighten us as to those things.

Here are just a few verses from the book of John to confirm these points.

John 5:18-20–Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

John 8:16-18–And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

John 16:13-15–Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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