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The Bible is the most read book in history. It’s the bestselling book in history. And it is the most translated book in history. Why is it the Word of God? How do we know it is the Word of God? We’re going to look at that this weekend as we start.
2 Timothy 3, the Bible says this, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching and rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
We’re going to look at this verse again next week, but I want you to look at the phrase “All Scripture is God-breathed.” Circle that word “God-breathed.” That word in Greek is theopneustos. Theo, meaning God, pneustos, meaning breathed. The Bible is God-breathed. What does that mean? Some of the translations translate the Scripture as inspired. But we’re not talking about an inspiring writer writing an inspiring book. We’re talking about God inspired this book. It is God breathed.
The Bible says that God’s Word is God’s very breath. It’s not just a good idea. It is God’s Word to us. As a result of that, Psalm 119 tells us this “All of your commands can be trusted.” Everything in the Bible can be trusted as true because it comes from God. It’s one thing for the Bible to claim that it’s the Word of God. It’s one thing for the Bible to say it can be trusted. But how do I know really? How do I know this is the Word of God? It’s not just a bunch of fables, a bunch of stories that are put together.
That’s a valid, legitimate, important question that we need to ask before we ever start studying the Bible. How do I know I can trust it? Time magazine thought this was such an important question it put it on its cover twice. Here was the cover of Time magazine that said, How true is the Bible? It’s a good question. And another cover of Time magazine: Is the Bible fact or fiction?
This morning we’re going to settle this issue. Because there are incredible proofs, evidences and facts that you need to know to help you make up your mind. So you’re not making up your mind based on what you’ve heard other people say, but what the Bible actually claims for itself and what history, science and all these other things teach us about the Bible.