God's Word (2)


God’s Word? (2)

Greg King


     All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16-17

     The word “Scripture or "the Scriptures" includes both Old and New Testament. We refer to this book as the Bible (from the Latin word for Books), but Jesus and others called it “Scripture.” Jesus, after reading from Isaiah 61, said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:21). Jesus also made an important statement in John 10:35 as He calls Scripture the word of God. Listen to Him: "If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken).”  Scripture for Jesus was God’s word and unbreakable -- that is, it will never lose its force by being in error. It is without defect. It cannot be set aside, canceled, or annulled. It is truth and its words will always be in force, binding, authoritative and infallible. 

     Edward J. Young commented on Jn 10:35:  "The force of his argument is very clear, and it may be paraphrased as follows: "What is stated in this verse is true because this verse belongs to that body of writings known as Scripture, and the Scripture possesses an authority so absolute in character that it cannot be broken. When Christ here employs the word Scripture, he has in mind, therefore, not a particular verse in the Psalms, but rather the entire group of writings of which this one verse is a part."

     The Old Testament is often called "the Scriptures" (cp. Acts 17:2, 11; 18:28, 1 Cor 15:3,4). The New Testament is also called "Scripture" (cp. 1 Tim 5:18 where Lk 10:7 is quoted and called "Scripture" and 2 Pet 3:15-16 where the letters of Paul are referred to as part of the "Scriptures"). Emphatically, the Bible declares itself to be from God, and that its instructions (by obeying them) are all we need to be saved and have a hope of heaven!