Our final installment of our teaching series, Coffee Talk, led us head-first into the authenticity of the Word of God. Culture questions Scripture so diligently, because many think it is a book with serious contradictions, fallacies, cultural irrelevances, misinterpretations, and etc. While there are most certainly valid aspects within modern criticism, there are also some serious issues with the criticism(s). Many modern critics go on the extreme, and say that even just an error in the Scripture deteriorates its authenticity. I concede, that there are errors in man’s translations of the ancient manuscripts, but translation error does not argue against the sufficiency and authenticity of the Scripture. Of course, there is also a level of faith that believers have in the preservation of Scripture, and we just have to deal with that. If you are a skeptic, I implore you to read the Bible openly for all that it is worth, and then make your decision.
At the end of the day, I believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine author of all Scripture. It is the Holy Spirit who has actively preserved the Holy Scriptures to this day, and He will continue to do so. It is also true, that if indeed the Scripture becomes authoritative in your life, you will never be the same. You see, at Crossroads Church, we believe that the Word of God was, is, and always will be authentic and sufficient for the day. And, we desire to see people seek that truth out for themselves.
Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (ESV)
“14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
There is a logical connection between the authority of God’s spoken word and God’s written word. Christians claim that the Bible is indeed God’s written word, and that it carries out the same weight and authority as His spoken word. It is true that the Bible has been passed down from century to century, however, Biblical scholars believe that the accuracy of the Scriptures has been strongly preserved faithfully throughout time by various scribes. Lee Strobel explains, “The Bible is intended to bring us to faith in God and help us to live our lives to the fullest.” Of course, there are portions of the Bible that feel extremely difficult to interpret, but we believe whole heartedly that the Holy Spirit is living and active, as he helps believers interpret the spoken and written Word of God. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Our efforts in getting to know the Lord in an intimate way are never in vain. At the end of the day, we all have deep inner needs, that at their roots, a deep longing for a greater intimacy with our Creator is revealed. The good news, is that our Author and Creator is revealed through His Word.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 declares, that our Father who designed us, also wrote the manual for living a life of true satisfaction and fulfillment. Lee Strobel said, “Millions of believers can attest to the transforming power of God’s authoritative written Word in their lives.” The Lord has called us to a greater intimacy with Him, and a key way to attain that greater intimacy, is from diving deep into the Scriptures breathed out by God.
- Do I listen to the critics, or do I evaluate the Word of God for myself?
- Am I proactively seeking truth, or just listening to world-views?
- Do I see the Holy Spirit as an active part of my personal interpretation of the Bible?
- Am I truly seeking the Lord through His Word?
Challenge yourself to sit down with at least one person to discuss the authenticity of the Scripture.
Heavenly Father, thank you, that you first loved me. I lay my needs at your feet and ask that you fill me with your wisdom to face the circumstances of the day. I pray that you would fill me with a desire to seek you and your truths, because your word is upright and your work is done in faithfulness.
For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
- How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Gordon D. Fee) (https://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Bible-All-Worth/dp/0310246040)e
Penned By: Tim Goodwin (Associate Pastor, Farmingdale)