This is the second of six parts that tie with Talk #6 (Growth Through Study). In The Bible on the Bible series marks our second session on The Complete Trustworthiness of the Bible. Make sure you subscribe to my blog to get the latest blog entry and kept updated on this series. (These notes I got on my Walk to Emmaus in 1998)
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
2 Samuel 22:31
“As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.”
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
The “Law of the Lord is perfect” is direct reference to the absolute, complete, and entire trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, which constitute the Bible. The Word of God is perfect in its accuracy and sure in its dependability. Two words are frequently used to describe these features of God’s Word:
- Inerrant (perfect) – Means, in the original copies (native languages – Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew) of each manuscript written by each Books of the Bible’s respective author, there was nothing mistaken or tinged with error. Further, the excellence of the Holy Spirit’s protection of delivered into our hands from generations past, is essentially the sam.e Many people object to the Word inerrant. If this is the case, use perfect which is what the Word of God says.
- Infallible (trustworthy) – Refers to the fact that the Bible is unfailing as an absolutely trustworthy guide for our faith (belief in God) and practices (life and behavior). This is so because God is TRUE!
33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
His Word reveals His Truth
6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
God cannot lie
God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
The Bible on the Bible (6 Part Series …)
These below go with Talk #6 (Growth Through Study) from my Walk to Emmaus.
- The Devine Inspiration of the Bible
- The Complete Trustworthiness of the Bible
- The Content of God’s Word is Complete
- Jesus and the Holy Scriptures
- Loving God’s Word as Jesus’ Follower
- God’s Word: Read It! Study It! Memorize It!