But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 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. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17
One of the criticisms of the Bible is that it was written by men and therefore fallible just as men are fallible. It is true that the Bible was written by men. You can tell by the different styles used by the various writers. Luke has a different style from John and both are different from Paul. One of the reason most do not believe Hebrews was written by Paul is the style used to write Hebrews. So, shouldn’t all these fallible men writing the Bible give us pause? It would, except for one very important thing. While men wrote the Bible the words and ideas were inspired by God.
Paul tells us in today’s verses that all scripture is God breathed, that is that the ideas, the thoughts and the message are God’s. Men took the inspiration God gave them and put it into human words that all might know. God guided their hand as they put words to paper and what we call the Bible is the very word of God. It is because the Bible is the very word of God that we can use it to teach others, to correct those who are in error and to answer those who refuse to believe.
The doctrine of Biblical inerrancy comes from this belief in the inspiration of scripture. That in the original language scripture was without error and that God’s word has been faithfully handed down through the ages. This confidence lies in the enormous amount of Biblical manuscripts that have survived as well as the writings of the early church fathers.
God’s has provided that His word has been passed down to us in a true and reliable form. We can be sure that the thoughts we read today are the same thoughts that were put down by Paul and the other writers over two thousand years ago.
Have a blessed day,