The words the Bible says about itself seem circular until we realize the source. It only makes sense that God's Word would include validation of that Word. What the Bible says about Bible theology.
Day One: The Word of God
If the Bible is truly God's Word, then we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and fully trust it. If the Bible is the Word of God, then to dismiss it is to dismiss God Himself...
Day Two: Belief in the Bible
The Bible makes claims about the creation of the universe, the nature of the God who created the universe and reigns supremely over it, and the fate of mankind. If these claims are true, then the Bible is the most important book in the history of mankind...
Day Three: God-Breathed
In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul states, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." This is the only use in the Bible of the Greek word theopneustos, which means "God-breathed"...
Day Four: Sole Authority
This sentiment, whatever the wording, is a way for Bible-believing Christians to declare their commitment to the written Word of God and their independence from other would-be authorities...
Day Five: Sola Scriptura
The phrase sola scriptura is from the Latin: sola having the idea of "alone," "ground," "base," and the word scriptura meaning "writings"—referring to the Scriptures...
Day Six: Sufficiency of Scripture
The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. To say the Scriptures are sufficient means that the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service...
Day Seven: Proof of Inspiration
Here are some evidences that the Bible is inspired (God-breathed) by God, as declared in 2 Timothy 3:16...
Day Eight: Theories of Inspiration
Inspiration is one of the most important doctrines in Christianity for the sole reason that we hold the Bible to be inspired by God, and as such is our infallible rule for faith and practice...
Day Nine: The Dictation Theory
The dictation theory states that God "dictated" His Word to the writers of Scripture, who were nothing more than human stenographers for the Holy Spirit. The dictation theory says that the Spirit wrote through the agency of human writers who were fully under God's control...
Day Ten: Biblical Inerrancy
We live in a time that tends to shrug its shoulders when confronted with error. Instead of asking, like Pilate, "What is truth?" postmodern man says, "Nothing is truth" or perhaps "There is truth, but we cannot know it"...
Day Eleven: Inerrancy and Salvation
We are not saved by believing in the inspiration or inerrancy of the Bible. We are saved by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin. At the same time, though, it is only through the Bible that we learn about Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection on our behalf...
Day Twelve: Truth
This evaluation of truth applies to spiritual matters just as well as logical or physical matters. It's reasonable to claim that the Bible is true in a way that excludes all other statements...
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