1 Thessalonians 2:13 “And we also thank God continually because when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.”
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we are told that God’s words, laws, commands and statutes are truth. But how do we know that the word we have in the Bible is God’s Word? Questions are raised over how the Bible was put together and whether it has been altered to suit man’s purposes, or like the telephone game, as each person passed on the message, the words changed until they were unrecognizable. I answer these questions for myself by looking at the character of God. I know that God is all powerful, in control of all things, and through the Holy Spirit can inspire humans to preserve His Word, “…the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:2) I believe that a God who performed the most powerful miracle of raising Jesus from the dead, would have no problem resurrecting and preserving His Word.
The account of Moses and the Ten Commandments is a good example of this. In Exodus 31, God inscribed the first stone tablets with the Ten Commandments, and gave them only to Moses on Mount Sinai. When Moses descended the mountain and saw the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, he became angry over the Israelites’ sin and threw the tablets down. They were broken before anyone else saw them. God did not wait for Moses to try and remember what was on them and recreate them himself. God gave the commandments to Moses again in chapter 34 exactly as He had the first time. So though man may try to change or break apart God’s Word, He will be faithful to make sure we receive His Word and Truth.
There is no record in this biblical account of the Ten Commandments that anyone questioned whether these words Moses brought were from God or whether Moses changed or misunderstood what God said. It does say that whenever Moses came from God to deliver His Word to the Israelites, his face was radiant. So perhaps some of the blame for people questioning where the Bible comes from lies with Christians. Maybe we aren’t spending time with God in prayer and studying His Word so there is little or no observable difference in us when we do share His Word with others. But regardless of what others think, you must choose for yourself whether the Bible is from men or if it is God’s true Word. Your answer will depend on your view of God and your relationship with Him which grows when it is watered by His Word.
What is your view of God?
How much time do you spend with God before giving out His Word?