The Bible was written by around 40 authors over a period of 1600 years spanning from around 1500 B.C to around 100 A.D These people were all inspired by the Holy Spirit to write though they wrote in different times and in different circumstances. The following scriptures make this point clear:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20,21 NIV)
From these passages it is clear that the Bible is the Word of God.
Let us take note of two more characteristics of God’s Word:
- The Bible is not just a compilation of words; but it is a living and powerful Word.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29 NIV)
- The Bible is unchanging and endures forever.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8 NIV)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33NIV)