From Pastor's Desk

The Holy Scriptures

Have you ever asked yourself, “What does the Bible say about the Bible?” While the question is simple, the answer is quite complex. It's not that there isn't a sufficient amount of biblical text to formulate a sound doctrinal position, (in fact, the opposite is true) but the complexity of it comes from the fact that of all the propositions the Scriptures put forth regarding themselves, the most important is a concept which defies human logic and understanding. That concept is summarized as this: While human authors wrote the words, sentences, and ideas found in the Bible, each and every word was and is divinely inspired by the work of the Holy Spirit through those men.

Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." Peter would also write, 2 Peter 1:21, "For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."

As finite beings, with finite minds, we have a limited ability to fully grasp this concept. God, in His perfect wisdom, chose to give the revelation of His own true nature to men by speaking through the prophets and the apostles, using human language in a written record. Every word on every page of Scripture comes to us through "dual authorship", a doctrine taught by the church through the generations, and a doctrine still upheld by those who faithfully desire to know God and follow His Son.

But this doctrine is not without its implications. Scripture, because it is the breathed-out revelation of the Most High, is rightly understood to be the very words of God. On the other hand, because of the human authorship of those words, each book, each letter, each proverb, each historical chronology, all of these are also influenced and shaped by the human authors who were "carried along by the Holy Spirit". This means that when we open our Bibles and read the words before us, we understand them rhetorically as human words spoken to human audiences and, at the same time, we receive them as the true, perfect, inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient word of God Himself. God has spoken, His word tells us, and those words are enough to make us, His people, complete and ready for every good work.

May we, the church, never forget the dual authorship of the scriptures, and may our ears, minds, and hearts be inclined to listen to God through His Word, that we might proclaim His truth and His gospel into our world.