Knowing where God’s book originated from is one of the most basic elements needed when it comes to understanding and gaining knowledge from the Bible. The Bible is, as the word Bible literally means, the word of God; and God is the origin of the said word. Now this doesn’t mean that the Bible was not written through the hands of people. What it means is that what was written through the hands of people didn’t originate with their hands – it originated with the mind of God. It’s as the apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 1:20-21: “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” Pay attention to those underlined words and the meaning of those words can’t be missed!
No other book in all of religion is needed for us to understand and for us to be able to rest assured that we can both know and do God’s will, and we’ll talk about that a little more later, but for now we need understand that the Bible, which is the revealed word of God, is completely sufficient to supply all the guidance we need spiritually speaking when it comes to becoming a Christian, keeping the church on the right path and serving God in His kingdom and it even says so. Paul reminded Timothy of this much when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16) If God’s inspired, literally meaning breathed out, word provides all of the needed facets of the faith then why would we need any other book(s) such as creeds, catechism’s, articles of faith or some other “testament” written and originating completely from the finite minds of people? The answer is that we don’t, and to hold any other opinion is like holding our own breath – it’ll work for a little while, but it won’t work forever!
So does any of this mean that reading commentaries from the past and present day, paralleling history books, or even posted articles about the Bible is wrong? By no means. But what it does mean is that we must learn to distinguish between the words that originate from the mind of a person and words that originate from the mind of God. It means that we must strive to allow scripture to interpret scripture instead of allowing scripture to be interpreted in light of manmade doctrines that people stubbornly hold on to. Mankind has an innate spiritual desire that must be fed and it’s only in the word of God that we’ll find the menu that can completely satisfy our needs. Proverbs 2:6 wisely says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” so we need to remember that if God’s word alone doesn’t spiritually satisfy us then we might not be as hungry as we think!
“…“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”” (Matthew 4:4)