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Doctrine about the Scriptures/Bible

1. Who is the author of the bible? The Holy Spirit: 2 Peter 1:21 "but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit".

2. The bible was written over a period of about 1500 years (1400 BC - 100 AD) from Moses to the Apostle John. They were prophets, priests, kings, fishermen, a tax collector, a doctor who wrote 66 books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament).

3. Authors sometimes carefully investigated facts before writing them (Luke 1:1-4).

4. The Word of God is eternal; Isaiah 40:8 Mark 13:31, Psalms 90:2, John 1:1, 14; 8:58).

5. Not bound by time or space (2 Timothy 2:9).

6. It’s sharper than any two edged sword (dividing soul and spirit) Hebrews 4:12.

7. The Word of God washed us clean (Ephesians 5:26).

8. The Word of God renews our minds (Romans 12:2).

9. It’s like a "mirror" James 1:22-25 put word into practice (Luke 6:46-49).

10. Biblical knowledge is a safeguard against error (2 Timothy 4:2-4).

11. All Scripture is given by the inspiration (God-breathed) 2 Timothy 3:16 (doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction).

12. Christ Himself endorsed the Old Testament scriptures and quoted it: Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:13, Luke 18:31; 24:27, Psalm 22:1-18; Isaiah 53; Zechariah 13:7 quoted by Jesus; Matthew 26:31, Mark 14:27 See Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34; Luke 23:34.

The Doctrine of Scripture:

A. The Bible is Inspired: All scripture is given by the inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The word „inspiration‟ means „to breathe or blow into.‟ The scriptures are the results of Divine „inbreathing‟ or involvement.

B. Divine by God, and not merely Human: "No prophecy of scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were moved or carried along by the Holy Spirit. It is God speaking to men, men wrote it down. (2 Peter 1:20-21)

C. Jesus endorsed the Old Testament: Jesus Himself quoted from the Old Testament and referred to people in the Old Testament.

1. Noah: Luke 17:26-27

2. Abraham: John 8:56-58

3. Lot: Luke17:28-29

4. Moses: Luke 24:44; John 7:19

5. Jonah: Mathew 12:39-41; Luke 11:29-30

6. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:16; 8:13 and Psalm 91:11 in Matthew 4.

7. In Luke 4, Jesus quotes from the book of Isaiah

D. What about the apocrypha?

Apocrypha: Religious writings that were written between (300 B.C. – 150 A.D.) but not accepted as part of the Bible.

Note: Some Bibles, most notably the New Jerusalem, include a section of books between the Old and New Testament called the Apocrypha.

Although these books may have some historical value, the early church fathers decided that they were not inspired. The term apocrypha is a Greek word meaning "hidden" or "secret".

E. Such a Revelation should be written: God used the Holy Spirit to inspire 40 different men, over a period of about 1,500 years to write the Bible (1440 B.C. to 100 A.D.). When you write down your message and give it to someone else, you leave no question as to what you said.

The Old Testament is written in Hebrew. It is a pictorial (expressed in a picture or pictures) language.

The New Testament is written in Greek. God chose Greek for a reason. It was the language spoken by most of the world at the time of Christ. This meant that the Bible could be read by most people on the earth. Trained scribes copied biblical texts by hand, until the modern printing press was invented in 1455.

Note: Copies of ancient Bible documents called manuscripts are so abundant and so accurate that scholars universally agree the Bible is beyond questions a historically accurate document. More than 500 Greek manuscript portions of the New Testament exist. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain parts of every book of the Old Testament except the ES there.