I had a question posed at work to me by a fellow coworker. Since we have Bible study there every two weeks, I posed it to our discussion group to see what answers we could come up with. The following are the notes that I have taken, and I wanted to share them in the hope that they answer the above question for you!
We noted before we delved too deeply into our discussion that there is an important distinction between “scripture” and the “Word of God”. Anywhere in the Bible that you look, Old Testament or New Testament, the Bible never describes itself as “word of God”. It refers to itself as “scripture”. So where did we get the title “Word of God” for it from?
The answer has to do with Jesus Christ Himself. Every time that the Bible mentions “Word of God,” it is always, always in reference to Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John shows this the most clearly:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. – John 1:1-5 (NKJV)
Speaking of things being made… did you notice that in Genesis 1, there is a very noticeable pattern? I will show you:
In verse 3, “Then God said…”
In verse 5, “God called…”
In verse 6, “Then God said…”
In verse 8, “God called…”
In verse 9, “Then God said…”
In verse 10, “And God called…”
In verse 11, “Then God said…”
Have you noticed the pattern yet? These verses are the creation of the world. How did God create the world? He spoke it into existence. Everything on this earth that we have now, all the resources, all the people, are here because God spoke it into being. If you can’t get past Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God…” then the rest of the Bible is pretty useless to you.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:10-14 (NKJV)
Who is the only begotten of the Father? Jesus. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus is the one who died on the cross for our sins, that whoever believes in Him can have everlasting life through faith in Him.
Jesus is the Word of God. The Scriptures were written and inspired by the Holy Ghost to reflect everything that God wants us to know about Him. God cannot lie. He does not have the ability to lie. If He lied to us, He wouldn’t be God! So how in the world could Jesus and the scriptures that God gave us possibly be wrong?
Ultimately, you have to take the Bible and everything in it by faith. As it was mentioned in the Bible study and as I mentioned earlier, unless you can get passed the first four words of the very beginning of the Bible and truly believe that it happened, the rest of the Bible will mean nothing to you.
1 Corinthians 2:10-14 says:
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is of God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
These things we also speak, not in word which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, notr can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (NKJV)
To our natural eyes, Jesus walking on water doesn’t make sense. A burning bush that speaks to Moses doesn’t make sense. An ark full of animals and a world-wide flood does’nt make sense The parting of the Red Sea, the plagues in Egypt, Jesus dying on the cross and living again after three days… These things aren’t meant to be possible under normal circumstances. They defy logic. How can these things be?
To us, if we are Christians, these things happened because, as Genesis says, “God.”