Is the Bible God’s Word?

The Bible consists of 66 different books written over hundreds of years by many authors. Yet, there was always one Author who watched over that process and inspired those authors. This is why we say that the Bible is God’s Word.

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God inspired men to write his Word

The Bible claims to be the Word of God, but also explains that God communicated his own thoughts, works, and heart through human authors.

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2 PETER 1:20-21 NIV

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 

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Who Wrote the Bible?

So who wrote the Bible? Did God write it, or was it written by men? The Bible’s answer is: Both.

We know—this is a mystery. Life and the Bible are both full of mysteries, and this is the first mystery we must accept when we open the Bible. Often, the Bible presents us with two seemingly contradictory realities that we must accept simultaneously. We aren’t asked to fit the two truths together, but to hold them both, side by side. This is true when we think about who wrote the Bible. Let us explain.

God claims to be the primary author of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is his book, though he enlisted many helpers to write it.

There are two foundational Bible passages that explain this reality to us. The first tells us that God, our Creator, has made himself known by speaking in Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). We call this truth that God has spoken, revelation.

The way he revealed himself was in 66 books, written by over forty authors, from three continents, whose lives spanned all of history. His Spirit moved in them in such a way that what these men wrote was God’s Word (2 Peter 1:21). Together these 66 books of the Bible tell one overarching redemptive story culminating in the person and work of Jesus. We call the process of men recording God’s Word, inspiration.

Both revelation and inspiration are not going on anymore as they were in the past (Hebrews 1:1-2). When the apostle John wrote down the last book of Scripture—Revelation—he was told to seal it up, and no Scripture has been written since.

The collection of books in which God inspired men to write his word is called the “canon”—and over time each book included in the biblical canon was recognized by God’s people as God’s Word. The Bible indicates in various places that God is done writing his Word, because the God’s plan for the history of the world is in its final chapter (Hebrews 1:2).

God has introduced himself with the help of ordinary men because he wants ordinary people to know him. He’s told us who he is, how to know him, and his plan for the world. All that he needed to say and do has been said and done.

Question is, will you open his book and listen?



How Do You Know the Bible Is God's Word?

The best evidence
of the Bible's
the word of God
is to be found between its covers.
It proves itself.

Charles Hodge

What Is the
doctrine of inspiration?


For the word of God is
alive and active. 

Hebrews 4:12 NIV
Article: 10 Min

Does God Love You? You Own Tangible Evidence

by Matt Smethurst at The Gospel Coalition



There is a mystery about the character of the Bible, for it consists of human words that are also God’s words. How did such a thing take place? The answer, insofar as we can formulate one, is called the doctrine of inspiration.

by Joel Beeke & Paul Smalley

What Do We Believe About the Bible?

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

Article I

We affirm that the Holy Scriptures are to be received as the authoritative Word of God.

We deny that the Scriptures receive their authority from the Church, tradition, or any other human source.

Article II

We affirm that the Scriptures are the supreme written norm by which God binds the conscience, and that the authority of the Church is subordinate to that of Scripture.

We deny that Church creeds, councils, or declarations have authority greater than or equal to the authority of the Bible.

Article III

We affirm that the written Word in its entirety is revelation given by God.

We deny that the Bible is merely a witness to revelation, or only becomes revelation in encounter, or depends on the responses of men for its validity.

Article IV

We affirm that God who made mankind in His image has used language as a means of revelation.

We deny that human language is so limited by our creatureliness that it is rendered inadequate as a vehicle for divine revelation. We further deny that the corruption of human culture and language through sin has thwarted God's work of inspiration.

Article V

We affirm that God's revelation in the Holy Scriptures was progressive.

We deny that later revelation, which may fulfill earlier revelation, ever corrects or contradicts it. We further deny that any normative revelation has been given since the completion of the New Testament writings.

Article VI

We affirm that the whole of Scripture and all its parts, down to the very words of the original, were given by divine inspiration.

We deny that the inspiration of Scripture can rightly be affirmed of the whole without the parts, or of some parts but not the whole.

Article VII

We affirm that inspiration was the work in which God by His Spirit, through human writers, gave us His Word. The origin of Scripture is divine. The mode of divine inspiration remains largely a mystery to us.

We deny that inspiration can be reduced to human insight, or to heightened states of consciousness of any kind.

Article VIII

We affirm that God in His Work of inspiration utilized the distinctive personalities and literary styles of the writers whom He had chosen and prepared.

We deny that God, in causing these writers to use the very words that He chose, overrode their personalities.

Article IX

We affirm that inspiration, though not conferring omniscience, guaranteed true and trustworthy utterance on all matters of which the Biblical authors were moved to speak and write.

We deny that the finitude or fallenness of these writers, by necessity or otherwise, introduced distortion or falsehood into God's Word.

Article X

We affirm that inspiration, strictly speaking, applies only to the autographic text of Scripture, which in the providence of God can be ascertained from available manuscripts with great accuracy. We further affirm that copies and translations of Scripture are the Word of God to the extent that they faithfully represent the original.

We deny that any essential element of the Christian faith is affected by the absence of the autographs. We further deny that this absence renders the assertion of Biblical inerrancy invalid or irrelevant.

Article XI

We affirm that Scripture, having been given by divine inspiration, is infallible, so that, far from misleading us, it is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses.

We deny that it is possible for the Bible to be at the same time infallible and errant in its assertions. Infallibility and inerrancy may be distinguished, but not separated.

Article XII

We affirm that Scripture in its entirety is inerrant, being free from all falsehood, fraud, or deceit.

We deny that Biblical infallibility and inerrancy are limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes, exclusive of assertions in the fields of history and science. We further deny that scientific hypotheses about earth history may properly be used to overturn the teaching of Scripture on creation and the flood.

Article XIII

We affirm the propriety of using inerrancy as a theological term with reference to the complete truthfulness of Scripture.

We deny that it is proper to evaluate Scripture according to standards of truth and error that are alien to its usage or purpose. We further deny that inerrancy is negated by Biblical phenomena such as a lack of modern technical precision, irregularities of grammar or spelling, observational descriptions of nature, the reporting of falsehoods, the use of hyperbole and round numbers, the topical arrangement of material, variant selections of material in parallel accounts, or the use of free citations.

Article XIV

We affirm the unity and internal consistency of Scripture.

We deny that alleged errors and discrepancies that have not yet been resolved vitiate the truth claims of the Bible.

Article XV

We affirm that the doctrine of inerrancy is grounded in the teaching of the Bible about inspiration.

We deny that Jesus' teaching about Scripture may be dismissed by appeals to accommodation or to any natural limitation of His humanity.

Article XVI

We affirm that the doctrine of inerrancy has been integral to the Church's faith throughout its history.

We deny that inerrancy is a doctrine invented by Scholastic Protestantism, or is a reactionary position postulated in response to negative higher criticism.

Article XVII

We affirm that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God's written Word.

We deny that this witness of the Holy Spirit operates in isolation from or against Scripture.

Article XVIII

We affirm that the text of Scripture is to be interpreted by grammatico-historical exegesis, taking account of its literary forms and devices, and that Scripture is to interpret Scripture.

We deny the legitimacy of any treatment of the text or quest for sources lying behind it that leads to relativizing, dehistoricizing, or discounting its teaching, or rejecting its claims to authorship.

Article XIX

We affirm that a confession of the full authority, infallibility, and inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the whole of the Christian faith. We further affirm that such confession should lead to increasing conformity to the image of Christ.

We deny that such confession is necessary for salvation. However, we further deny that inerrancy can be rejected without grave consequences, both to the individual and to the Church.

Video: 4 Min
by Got Questions Ministries
Messages: 50 Min

God Wrote a Book

by Al Abdulla


The Answers For Humanity

by John Lennox

Immanuel Kant said that there are three main questions that concern humanity.

What can I know? What must I do? What can I hope for?

The Word of God answers all three. Its interpretation of history and of the human person is not only unique it is also true because it is God’s interpretation mediated through human authors.

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Video: 15 Min
by John Lennox at Sing Global

The Bible is
the Word of God.
This view of the Bible is not an artificial doctrine taught and imposed upon it by churches or theologians, but is
the view of the Bible
taught by God in the Bible itself.

Article: 15 Min

The Wonderful Unity of the Bible Attests to Its Divine Authorship

by A.W. Pink at Monergism

Messages: 41 Min

The Bible Is God's Word

by Al Mohler

Article: 10 Min

How Can We Know That the Bible Is From God?

by Miska Wilhelmsson at The Masters Seminary Blog

What Does it Mean that the Bible Is Inspired?
Video: 5 Min
by Scott Grimm
at Shelter Cove
Community Church
Messages: 37 Min

The Holy Spirit: Author of Scripture

by John Piper

Article: 5 Min

What Does It Mean that the Bible Is Inspired?

by Got Questions Ministries

Messages: 54 Min

Understanding the Doctrine of Inspiration

by John MacArthur


Why We Trust the Bible to Be God's Word

by John Piper at Desiring God

Once the character and power of Jesus have captured our trust, then he becomes the guide and authority for all our future decisions and persuasions. So the third step on the way to a reasonable persuasion that the Bible is God's word is to let the teaching and the spirit of Jesus control how we assess the Bible. This happens in at least two ways. One is that we accept what Jesus teaches about the Old and New Testaments. When he says that Scripture can't be broken (John 10:35) and that not an iota or dot will pass from the law till all is accomplished (Matthew 5:18), we agree with him and base our confidence in the Old Testament on his reliability. And when he chose twelve apostles to found his church, gives them his authority to teach, and promises to send his Spirit to guide them into truth, we agree with him and credit the writings of these men with the authority of Christ.     

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Article: 10 Min

What Is Verbal Plenary Inspiration?

by Got Questions Ministries


Jesus Tells the Apostles That They Will Write Scripture

by Wayne Grudem

In these verses (John 16:13-16 ESV) the disciples are promised amazing gifts to enable them to write Scripture: the Holy Spirit would teach them “all things,” would cause them to remember “all” that Jesus had said, and would guide them into “all the truth.”

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2 PETER 1:16-19 NIV

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  

He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 

Article: 15 Min

What Is Inspiration?

Five Theories of Inspiration


1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

Video: 1 Min
by William Lane Craig at Reasonable Faith