INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE
Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: What proofs are there that the Bible is Divinely inspired (2 Timothy 3: 16)?
Answer: The first part of 2 Timothy 3: 16 reads, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” We will provide seven proofs that the Bible is inspired:
(1.) Its miracles: John 20: 30, 31: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ.” Hebrews 2: 4: “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost [Spirit].”
(2.) Its fulfilled prophecies: Isaiah 41: 21, 23: “Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods.” Isaiah 45: 11, 21: “Thus saith the LORD . . . Ask me of things to come . . . Who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? Isaiah 46: 9, 10: “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Acts 28: 23: “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.” 2 Peter 1: 19: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”
(3.) Its practicability: Isaiah 55: 11: “My word . . . shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” James 3: 17: “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits.”
(4.) Its reasonableness: Isaiah 1: 18: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD.” Acts 17: 2: “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scripture.” 1 Peter 3: 15: “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”
(5.) Lacks and characters of its writers: Acts 4: 13: When they . . . perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” 2 Peter 1: 21: “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost [Spirit].”
(6.) Its superhuman knowledge: 1 Corinthians 2: 7, 8, 10: “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, . . . which none of the princes of this world knew: . . . but God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” Psalm 119: 98-100: “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: . . . I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” Mark 12: 24: “And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?”
(7.) Its indestructibility: Isaiah 40: 8: “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.” Matthew 24: 35: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” 1 Peter 1: 25: “The word of the Lord endureth for ever.”