The Testimony of the Bible
What does the Bible says about itself?
Since the Bible is the special revelation of God, the best way to learn about the Bible is to see what it says about itself. The Bible teaches that, among other things, it is:
- Complete (Deut 4:2; Rev 22:18-19)
- Perfect (Ps 12:6)
- True (John 17:17)
- Righteous (Ps 119:137-138)
- Effective (Is 55:11)
- Directive (Ps 119:105)
- Valuable (Ps 19:10)
- Authoritative (James 1:22)
- Wonderful (Ps 119:129)
- Helpful (Ps 119:9)
- Nourishing (Jer 15:16; 1 Pt 2:2)
- For all people (Rom 16:26)
- Powerful (Luke 16:29-30)
- A Means to Faith and Salvation (Rom 10:17)
- Cleansing (James 1:21)
- Inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pt 1:20-21)
- Living and Active (Heb 4:12)
- Purifying (Jer 23:29)
- Reliable (Prove 30:5)
- Like a Sword (Eph 6:17; Heb 4:12)
- The Word of God (1 Thess 2:13)
- A Good and Perfect Gift (James 1:17-18)
- A Source of Wisdom (Ps 119:98)
What did Jesus say about the Bible?
Jesus said He came to fulfill the Old Testament.
Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Jesus said the Old Testament pointed to His ministry.
John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me…”
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come and inspire the writers of the NT.
John 16:13: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”