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A deeper look at the Statement of Faith

The Infallible Book

The bible is the inspired word of God. The source of its inspiration is God himself - “God hath spoken”; the method of its inspiration is that “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”: the extent of its inspiration is plenary, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God”.

The Lord Jesus claimed an infallibility for the law that extended to every “jot and tittle”. He also claimed inspiration for his own words, saying “my words shall not pass away”. The object of its inspiration is to “make us wise unto salvation,” to inform us of God, to prepare us for divine service, to induce practical holiness and to impart consolation and hope. Proofs of the inspiration of the bible are seen in its organic unity, its scientific accuracy, its sublime morality, the historical fulfillment of its own prophecies, and in the incomparable person of Jesus Christ. Added to this is the experimental proof.

All who believe the message of the bible are changed. This transformation is so rich as to constitute “a new creation”. The original autographs of scripture have perished with time, but the bible has been preserved by divine providence working through consecrated scholars and scribes. Their labours have brought to us the bible in our mother tongue. Insofar as a translation communicates the thoughts of the language in which the scriptures first came, it carries the same inspiration. Divine inspiration imparts infallibility, confirms authenticity, establishes authority, and demands response. God speaks by the bible today - in English - to you.

Scripture references Hebrews 1:1, 2; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 10:35, 12:48, 14:24, 17:17; Matthew 5:18, 24:23; 1Corinthians 10:6, 11; Romans 4:23; 1 Corinthians 9:10; Romans 15:4; 1Peter 1:11; Luke 24:22, 24; 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

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